Do you have a Twitter account? Chances are you do, and it’s very likely that account is mostly for personal use. On personal accounts, you probably share your views on love, sex, humor, politics, and many different topics that have nothing to do with your professionalism. Unfortunately, this can mean that your social media profile is too unprofessional, and may affect how an employer sees you.
Cleaning Up Your Twitter Account:
Even if you keep your social media account hidden, it’s best to clean it up in case there is any way an employer can access it. The following are tips to clean up your Twitter account and make sure that you’re protected from any negative impressions.
Delete The Worst Offenders:
Scroll all the way through your Twitter account and make sure that anything truly offensive or unprofessional is deleted. If there is anything you said that could prevent you from getting a job, it’s better to delete the Tweet than take the risk.
Remove Personal Photos and Information:
If possible, remove any photos that show up with your account that may be inappropriate (bathing suit photos, photos with alcohol etc..), and delete any overly personal information. While it’s hard to delete everything (for example, every tweet you have about your kids), if there is anything that could make the employer shy away from hiring you, it should be gone.
Type Like a Professional:
Twitter is prone to text speak, poor grammar, and abbreviations, like “lol i just had dinner with a weirdo smh.” Stop writing like that. Use proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure to give the impression of true professionalism.
Share Like a Professional:
Even better, if you can turn your account into more of a professional account, where you share information about your field that you find interesting and comment on the field rather than talking about your personal life, you’ll show the employer a passion for the topic.
You should also change your Twitter handle, the picture, and the name on your account so that employers have a harder time finding you. Employers can still always find you, which is why becoming anonymous is not enough to protect yourself, but you do want to make it harder for employers to access the information. Changing all of the information to seem like it’s not your account I can be a good strategy.
Search for Yourself:
Finally, search for your name, your Twitter handle, and more. Check to make sure there is nothing about you that an employer can find. If you find anything – for example, a friend posting something inappropriate to your twitter handle – ask if they can delete it.
Twitter is a great social tool that helps you stay up to date with all different types of information. But it’s also almost always extremely unprofessional and personal, and when an employer finds the account, they aren’t likely to think highly of your candidacy. The above tips can help you clean up your Twitter account and stop it working against you in a job interview.