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Social Media Personal Branding Advice
Your personal brand is extremely important for your future! One part of your personal brand is your social media identity. Many times people will meet your social media identity before they ever meet you in real life - make that first impression a positive one! Here is a quick list NASP compiled from Collegexpress.com; Kaplan Test Prep; and U.S. News & World Report.
It might seem obvious, but get rid of any negative posts and pictures! Coaches, employers, and deans do judge you by the company you keep. Post positive content instead!
- That doesn't just mean smiling in your Facebook profile picture; it means showing that you're interested in your prospective field. Post links to interesting stories. Jump into debates and conversations when it's appropriate. Make LinkedIn connections with recruiters and internship coordinators and join alumni networks, too.
For younger students, try to spread an even wider net. If you're a freshman, you probably aren't ready to commit to being a lawyer or marketing rep just yet, but you can use social media to interact with recent college graduates and professionals from multiple fields. On Twitter, follow CEOs of companies that interest you and stay up on the news.
Remember what the Internet really is: a giant public record. They say nothing ever posted to the Web ever truly goes away, and you might be surprised how quickly and easily your personal information can be shared. For example, Snap Chat is still a fun site, but keep in mind that people can and definitely do take screenshots of what you send them. It is not private!
- Limit your profile searchability. Facebook's default settings allow anyone to find your profile online. You can disable this so that search engines won't link to your profile:
- Or, if you just want to limit parts of your profile, go to Edit Profile and select the privacy level (Public, Friends, Only Me, Custom) for each profile data point using the dropdown boxes to the right.
- Keep your profile photo appropriate. Be aware that even if you set your privacy settings so only friends can see your posts and pictures, your name and profile photo are still visible. If so, make sure your photo is what you want to present if someone pulls up your profile.
Speaking of privacy, make sure to continue to privatize your social network accounts. You should know exactly what the world can see of your profile and posts. Privacy polices can change at any time and all the time. Being proactive will help you down the road.
- Take control of tagging on your profile. Facebook's default settings allow friends to tag you in their photos, profile posts, and even check you into places – which can be public without your knowledge. Change these settings so only friends can see these posts.
- In other words, find out what terms and keywords you can use to make positive pieces of content about you show up. If you have a personal website or a blog, give it some bells and whistles and make it easily accessible.
- Be smart and think about everything you post online before you do it. The Internet has a LONG memory. After all your hard work, the last thing you want to keep you out of your top school or program choices is an inappropriate Facebook photo or offensive tweet. Posting that a school is your "safety" school can come back to bite you. (And according to Kaplan's research, it has!)
Give your phone a break. This is especially true if you’re upset and feel like you might say something you regret later. You could also benefit from just turning your phone off once a week and giving those texting fingers a rest. It could save you and your family money, and who knows—you just might enjoy being disconnected . . .
Highlight the good stuff. If you’re a volunteer, sing in a choir, are part of an environmental association, or participate in another community activity that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, be sure to write about it online, even if it’s just a couple of Tweets. Post so that Google will pick it up. Make it your Facebook status, or better yet start a blog about how cool the experience was and the interesting people you met.
Huffington Post has a great quick slideshow on social media etiquette for college students. Click HERE to view it!
Paying for Graduate School - Learn about Available Resources
As you likely know, master's programs can help students advance themselves academically as well as professionally, but the cost can be prohibitive. Most students don't realize how much cost assistance is available to them. You can review a guide here: http://www.gograd.org/paying-for-your-masters-degree/
Key elements of the guide include:
- Important differences between types of financial aid -- scholarships, grants, loans, etc.
- Online grad school options for students with other commitments
- Loan forgiveness programs for various public service careers
Note: NASP is sharing this external resource however does not endorse the information provided.