Did you know that an estimated one in three employers have rejected a candidate based on something they found out about them online? College students looking for jobs give themselves a distinct advantage by taking the time to spring clean their social media. Here are some tips:
- Google yourself. Know what’s out there as a starting point.
- Look at everything through the lens of the employer you would most like to impress.
- Clean up any incriminating photos from Spring Break or last Saturday night. No party pics! The 1/3 employers who looked online and decided against a candidate? 48% did so because they learned something about the person’s drinking or drug use.
- Social media is not the place to air your grievances. Complain to your roommate instead.
- Use a professional, non-blurry photo on all your profiles.
- Change your privacy settings wherever possible. Simply go to your settings and choose only “friends” to see your activity.
- Post industry-related news, quotes, or articles. It’s a great way to show you’re not just talking the talk in your interviews — you really have a passion.
- Follow people and brands you’d like to be associated with.
QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs. From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules. The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews. Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience. Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.