If you’re writing a resume, it’s likely that you’ve considered including social networking sites that you’re involved in. And why not? Considering how much time the average person spends on social media, it might seem appropriate to advertise it when searching for a job.
Despite how proud you may be of your Twitter page, it may not be appropriate to include social media on your resume. We’ll tell you which sites show you off professionally.
It’s simple. If your social networking site is geared toward professional networking (like LinkedIn), then go ahead and put it on your entry-level resume! Your employers will get a more thorough history of your work background, as well as learning about your extended connections.
So if you’re actively involved and communicative on the site, LinkedIn can demonstrate your ability to engage with others, particularly from a business perspective. Include social media on your resume when it highlights your professional skills.
When writing a great resume, Twitter is a little bit iffy. The bottom line is, if you want to include Twitter on your resume, make sure that you don’t just give your twitter name and end it at that. What can be helpful is referencing something specific on your resume in correlation with Twitter under “Additional Experience.”
If you list gardening as a skill, and have a Twitter account on which you post things related to gardening, say so on your resume! This section can also contain blog posts you may have written on the subject, or a related Facebook page you manage. When you include social media on your resume, keep it relevant!
And that of course, brings us to Facebook. Let’s face it — most of us are using Facebook to reconnect with friends, share personal photos and stay privy to the next party dates. And if this is true for you, don’t include your Facebook page on your resume!
While your employers don’t want to see pictures of you with grandma, they may be interested in seeing your Facebook page if it deals exclusively with your professional life. In that case, like LinkedIn, your Facebook page may be able to provide additional information about you as an employee and help you network for jobs.
Instagram can lean in either direction, depending on how you use it. If your Instagram is full of selfies of you and your cat, then it’s best to leave it off of your resume.
However, if you’re a photographer, graphic designer or illustrator — anything in the creative/art industry, really — and you use Instagram to show off your work, then it could be a good idea to include it on your resume.
The bottom line — stay professional! Along with other extracurricular activities you may want to include on your resume, Facebook and Twitter may consume a lot of your time. That reason alone is not enough to include it on your resume!
Remember to include social media on your resume only if the website says more (positive things!) about you as an employee.