Social media posts can lead to lost job opportunities

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Every second, of every minute, of every day and of every year, social media is growing.

Although social media has a lot of helpful tools and brings new connections, what gets posted can make or break a potential job opportunity.

Trying to clean up your social media is problematic, but one sight helps with dealing with what you want employers to focus on.

One platform that can spread social media positivity is LinkedIn, a professional network that students should have, said Kirk Bixler, assistant dean of students and career services director.

Bixler said the website is one of the big things employers look at when vetting a job candidate.

He said it’s important for students to not only have a profile but to keep it updated and completed with information.

“These days, what employers are doing is they also look for some supplemental information off of the LinkedIn account,” Bixler said. “What employers are looking for is just to make sure that students don’t have anything that could be problematic out on their social media.”

Bixler also said many people, not just students, do not understand that what you post, comment or tag will last forever, even if you delete it.

“My rule of thumb would be: Don’t put anything on any social media page you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see,” he said.

Sophomore Marie Ostendorf said that if she was an employer looking at a possible employee’s social media page, some red flags she would look for are disrespectful language and illegal substances.

Ostendorf said she keeps her social media related to political and art topics she’s interested in.

“So I don’t really post anything super personal,” she said.

Senior Jeffrey Stanton, who is on the football team, said he keeps his social media clean, not just for future employers, but for his athletic career at the college.

“As a football player, they require us to have our social media protected, so that our personal thoughts are not really spewed out to the public as being words of the Franklin College football team,” Stanton said. “I think it’s good that they offer the private eye in your account so that you can keep what you say hidden at certain times. Because there are lines between what you say as a professional and what you say as an individual

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Matthew Brown is a news writer for The Franklin. A biology major and journalism minor, Matthew volunteers at the Indianapolis Zoo and hopes to work there one day. He loves everything supernatural and considers Bigfoot an inspiration.

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