Job hunting? Start with building online resume on social media

Job hunting? Start with building online resume on social media
Published: Apr. 28, 2015 at 8:57 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2015 at 9:10 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Graduation is almost here. For many students that means job hunting. However, employers aren't only looking at your resume, they're also taking a hard look at your social media pages.

Career counselors at Southeast Missouri State University say the only thing worse than having negative online and social media presence, is to not have an online presence at all.

When it comes to making us look our best on the web, there are some definite "do's and don't's."

Students at Southeast are no strangers to social media.

"I use Facebook mostly," Senior Michael Miller said.

Sites like these can be a tool for getting a job after college. That is, if you use the right ones and use them right.

"I do have a Linked In profile, I use it occasionally," Miller said.

"You don't use Twitter?"

"I don't use Twitter," Student Sarah Tolbert said, "I don't use [Linked In]."

Career Counselor at Southeast's Career Services, Katie Crawford, said that's one social media site that many students don't use, but should.

"Every student should have a Linked In profile. It's the easiest way to be found," Crawford said.

Crawford says 80 to 90 percent of employers take to the web before interviewing job candidates.

"That means, they're going to google you. And what they find should be at the very least a Linked In account," Crawford said.

It's not only Linked In that employers are looking at.

"I don't try to post anything compromising," Miller said.

Students like Miller say no matter the site, anything they post, is something a future employers might see.

"I hope they see that I'm trying to be as upstanding as possible," Miller said.

"I hope they would see my accomplishments because I post my accomplishments on there," Tolbert said.

Graduate Student April Schoen said building a positive online presents should start when you start college or before.

"Start early and start following groups and following professional companies that you're interested in," Schoen said.

According to Crawford, that also means adjusting privacy settings often and getting rid of certain posts and pictures.

"Just go through and take out anything that could be inappropriate or offensive," Crawford said.

She said it's all about reflecting your resume professionally online.

"We definitely don't tell students they can't have a life online but the public life needs to be pretty squeaky clean," Crawford said.

Once you've created a professional presence online, Crawford said that's not all it takes to land that perfect job.

Always follow up your networking connections with a personal email or phone call.

Linked In also has a site specific to students. It has tips for college students along with a job search portal for students. Click here to visit

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