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Smart Social Media

Smart Social Media

HAVE YOU BEEN USING SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

TO RESEARCH JOBS, COLLEGES, AND SCHOLARSHIPS?

Guess what?

They're using the same tools to research YOU!

WEB PROFILES MATTER

ONE FOURTH

Admissions Offices and scholarship providers have used

websites such as Facebook to screen applicants.

ONE THIRD

Schools say they have found something
that hurt a student's chance of admission.

ONE THIRD

Scholarship providers who have DENIED an applicant a scholarship

because of online information found.

APPLICANT EVALUATION

When reviewing an applicant's online presence,
the following criteria are reviewed:

(58%) To determine whether the applicant demonstrates good judgment

(58%) Provocative or inappropriate photographs or remarks

(50%) Illegal activities, such as underage drinking and use of narcotics

(42%) To get to know the applicant better

(42%) Insensitive or discriminatory remarks

(42%) Negative attitude

(25%) To look for creativity and other positive personality traits

(25%) Lies about qualifications listed on an application

(17%) To evaluate real-life communication skills

HOW TO CLEAN THINGS UP

Create an appropriate email address such as

firstname.lastname@gmail.com.

If necessary, create an entirely separate account for school-related items.

Do not use offensive, immature, or sexually suggestive words/symbols.

Google your name

and review at least the first ten pages of search results.

Correct any problems, if possible.

REVIEW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT(S)!

Remove inappropriate, immature material

and anything that could be misinterpreted.

Remove pictures or videos that show illegal or questionable behavior.

Avoid using profanity.

Delete questionable posts by others on your wall.

Ask an adult to review your page/profile to help identify problematic material.

THINK TWICE before posting anything offensive, illegal, or otherwise inappropriate.