When I began applying to colleges, the very first thing my guidance counselor and teachers told me was to make sure my Facebook was clear of anything that the admittance team might find questionable. That included things like pictures with those infamous red solo cups (even if they were only filled with Diet Coke), profanity, and pretty much anything that made one seem like a less than stellar addition to their school. One thing that my guidance counselor didn't suggest? Amping up the awesome on my Facebook profile just in case they did take a look. Now, new research is suggesting that social media users start doing just that in order score jobs.
According to the Daily Mail, new research from the charity organization Brathay Trust suggests that people aren't taking advantage of all of the positive benefits of social media when it comes to their job hunt. Since employers are now more likely to check in on their potential employees life online, it's wise to use these online profiles to show off things that would impress employers, like a new class one is taking or a volunteer program they are involved with. "Soft skills" like this are particularly important to note because they may not come up as much on traditional resumes or in interviews.
With all of the information that we willingly put online, it's good to know that some of it can ultimately benefit us. If you're job hunting this summer, why not throw a few pics of you working at the animal shelter or coaching a little league team on your Facebook profile? You never know who might be looking... and you could win out big in the end.