Social Media Clean Up: How Social Media Can Support Your Career Transition
How do you use social media? Or, does social media leave you feeling used? It is easy to get lost in a rabbit hole of posts and come out the other end feeling drained and dejected. If your scrolling is getting you down, it’s likely time for a social media clean up.
As career coaches, we know the value of using social media as a tool to inspire, motivate and learn— especially during a career transition or job hunt.
As career coaches, we know the value of using social media as a tool to inspire, motivate and learn— especially during a career transition or job hunt. You don’t need distractions that aren’t positively serving you when are knee-deep in resume writing, refreshing your LinkedIn profile, prepping for an interview, and focusing on how to land your dream job.
We believe social media should be used with intention. So as you embark on your social media clean up, cleanse or purge (whatever feels more fitting for you) take the time to set your intentions, and create some guidelines around what you want out of your social media.
Need some help getting started? Here are the guidelines we use with our social media to decide what we follow (and unfollow):
Social media should:
Uplift - Like reminders and ideas for self care, or feel-good story sources.
Inspire - Those quotes, people, photos that make you do an internal fist pump.
Motivate - Maybe it’s a wellness page or favorite fitness instructor; maybe it’s a community page full of like-minded, industry professionals, with real-talk; maybe it’s a combination of all that uplifts and inspires you.
Entertain - Yes, the adorable videos of animals doing ridiculous things have value (in moderation), or anything that makes you smile or literally laugh out loud.
Inform - Especially when you are job hunting, make your social media work for you by following companies and organizations you are interested in learning more about. BONUS: those companies often post jobs to their social pages and right into your feed!
When to unfollow:
Friendly reminder, it’s okay unfollow social media accounts. In fact, we’d venture to say it's an act of self-care. It’s also okay to unfollow accounts that have stopped serving their purpose, like an industry-specific account for the industry you aren’t a part of anymore.
Comparing (unhealthily)- Refer to motivation and inspiration above, which are very different from comparing that doesn’t actually do anything to uplift you.
Feeling not enough - if posts or accounts make you think this is too good to be true, it probably is; even so, anything that makes you feel not enough is on the clean up list.
Mindlessly scrolling - Content overload + nothing of substance = wasted time in front of a screen, and means it’s time to cut the fat.
Questioning why you follow this account in the least bit - UNFOLLOW immediately, it’s just not worth your time!