By Kate Brodock
If you’re a Generation X-er or older, you likely use social media to cut it in the real world. You may also use social networks for personal reasons, but it’s always with the understanding that you’re a professional.
But newer generations of college graduates began their social media experience as a very personal one.
And the shift to using social media for career development may seem optional.
But it’s a necessary evil at the very least, and can actually be quite beneficial to your future at the very best.
Much like searching for a job, if you start curating your social media presence after you graduate, you’re already behind.
By thinking about how to use social media professionally while you’re still in school, you can position yourself as forward-thinking, forge stronger industry connections, and strengthen your on-paper credentials, making you a much more attractive candidate to your future employers.
Here are nine things students should consider when starting to use social media professionally: