Social media can be a fun and convenient way to connect with your colleagues while sharing your opinions or exciting life events. However, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re posting and who could be watching, such as the schools you might be interviewing at for your next teaching position.
“Isn’t my personal social media presence separate from my job search?”
Only if you keep your accounts private! Otherwise, potential future employers may be going through what you have for the public to see.
Why would recruiters look?
Recruiters may be going through your platforms to gauge your potential as a teacher candidate.
Teachers are expected to demonstrate high standards of personal and professional conduct as they work with schools, other teachers, students, and parents. What you post on your social media accounts can let recruiters know about the level of professionalism and judgement you maintain. Even the parents of students sometimes look through the teacher’s social media in order to learn more about who is teaching their children.
Thus, one unsavory post can easily affect your teacher candidacy. On the other hand, a solid social media presence can positively affect it.
So keep your online presence presentable with the following tips.
10 Do’s and Don'ts to Social Media Presence
Do check the social media guidelines of schools that you’re applying to.
Do keep your social media updated with your achievements.
Do block negativity. If there is someone constantly harassing you online, unfriend or block that person instead of engaging.
Do control your privacy settings. Be aware of what is automatically set to public on your social media accounts.
Do connect with colleagues that you genuinely like and admire.
Don’t rant online. It can be easy to complain on the internet but doing so can have a negative effect on you.
Don’t post photos that are too personal. It’s safer to keep those party and beach photos to yourself. In addition, untag yourself from photos that show that kind of content.
Don’t plagiarize. If you’re sharing photos or articles, make sure to cite the original creators.
Don’t befriend any of your students online. Having them as friends on social media can blur the line between professional and personal.
Don’t spam. Updating your status every hour is not a productive use of social media and can seem like you have too much time on your hands as well.
It’s exciting to fully utilize social media, but do keep in mind who else may be looking at your activity. In general, keep your personal profiles private and your public profiles professional!