Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Important Reasons Why Public Social Media Profiles Can Actually Help You Land the Internship or Job

The Important Reasons Why Your Social Media Should ALWAYS Be Work-Friendly

Going into my junior year of college, I had what I call a social media revelation.


At the time, I was on the hunt for the perfect summer internship opportunity when I was contacted on LinkedIn by a man who was impressed by my detailed profile.

Though I was definitely flattered I had been contacted by someone I had never met or spoken to before, I had been told that my account was impressive before. Including by LinkedIn's constant "All Star" profile reminder whenever I logged in to my account.

The real surprise came when the man — Alan Katzman, the Founder and CEO of Social Assurity — told me that not only was my LinkedIn account impressive, but my entire digital footprint was, too.

Digital footprint? Was I leaving a little trail behind me on the Internet? While flattered, I could not help but wonder whether or not my then-private accounts were being seen by everyone and if so, how?

Because of our e-meeting or digital introduction, I began my summer internship with Alan and eventually made my accounts public. The biggest lesson I learned:

Many millennials "hide" their social media profiles instead of leveraging them.


This struck me because I had never thought about using my social accounts to elevate myself before our meeting. While I didn't have any incriminating photos of me out there, I always thought having my accounts set to private was just... well, safe.

What I learned, though is that keeping a profile public, however, can actually be very beneficial to those on the job or internship hunt.

Here are just a few of the reasons why it is helpful to have a public social media profile:

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Recruiters look for potential employees who are professional, well-rounded, and would get along with the members on their teams. Having access to social media profiles adds an extra oomph to that 1-page résumé you've sent them — almost like attaching a more authentic cover letter

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Public profiles tell prospective employers you have nothing to hide. If hiring managers go to search for you after looking at your résumé and see your private profile, they could lose interest or raise questions.

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Statistics Courtesy of Social Assurity

Below, see how Social Assurity can help you leverage your hobbies, personality, and likability to impress those who are looking at your social media.


Important Reasons Why Your Social Media Should ALWAYS Be Work-Friendly

Social Assurity works to help elevate your online life, offering social media Audits and Assessments, LinkedIn assistance, Twitter networking services, Social Media bundles, and more!

Because I am so passionate about using social media to leverage myself (especially while I'm searching for my next job), I want to encourage you to do it, too! So, Alan was nice enough to give an exclusive coupon code for The Millennial Sprinkle readers to use on any of the courses or resources offered at SocialAssurity.com:


Use code SPRINKLE25 for a 25% discount at SA!

(*I have not been compensated in any way for this post, all opinions are my own)

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