Use social media cautiously

Use social media cautiously

Tips for Managing Your Online Identity/Presence

  • When employed, familiarize yourself with your company’s policy on computer use, including social media use, and abide by it
  • Learn about privacy laws, off-duty conduct policies, and rules of professional conduct that apply to you, and abide by them
  • Don’t write about work on the Internet unless it is part of your job description and/or your supervisor knows and sanctions it
  • Carefully consider who you want your audience to be, then adjust your privacy settings accordingly
  • Mindfully and purposefully craft your online identity/presence
  • Don’t say or do anything in your social networking activities that you do not want public
  • Choose your online friends and connections wisely and monitor what people post about you on the Internet - Google yourself regularly and see what’s visible about you
  • Guard your identity--be careful about online identity theft or fraud
  • Guard your credibility—strive to be positive, professional, accurate and attentive to detail in all your online communications

Workshops/Group Activities

Job Search and Networking Strategies

How to Effectively Use LinkedIn

Additional Resources

Privacy and social media in the workplace – The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides advice and information for individuals about protecting personal information including using social media in workplace, privacy implications for employee, monitoring employee social media, and more.

How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search: a helpful list of tips to help you better utilize social media in your job search from

Online Marketing: Employers Using Social Media to Screen and Recruit: discusses the increase in employers’ use of social media for recruitment and the reasons some candidates have been eliminated as potential hires due to information posted on their social media pages.

Using Social Media to Find Top Recruits: This brief article is written for employers but offers valuable insight for job seekers about how employers use social media to recruit good quality candidates—and filter out the bad ones!

Top 10 Social Media Do’s and Don’ts: How (and How Not) to Use Social Media to Job Search: A list of ten important do’s and don’ts—along with explanations—from

10 Common Facebook Job Search Mistakes: In this GradLife blog entry, Angela Astley points out 10 mistakes you could make on Facebook while job hunting—and how to avoid them.


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