SMART SOCIAL MEDIA
HAVE YOU BEEN USING SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
TO RESEARCH JOBS, COLLEGES, AND SCHOLARSHIPS?
They're using the same tools to research YOU!
WEB PROFILES MATTER
Admissions Offices and scholarship providers have used
websites such as Facebook to screen applicants.
Schools say they have found something
that hurt a student's chance of admission.
Scholarship providers who have DENIED an applicant a scholarship
because of online information found.
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
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.