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Social Media Tips for New HIM Professionals

Using Twitter, Linked In, or Twitter
Whether you are using Linked in, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook, you can share information about yourself in a professional manner.  Recruiters are using one of these sites an average of 55-65% of the time. You will want to share your most recent headshot photo, resume, skills and experience in your profile.

Make it Unique
By sharing the skills and experiences that make you unique in your professional life are a must! Employers are looking for that well-rounded individual, who is confident (not overly), active in the community and volunteer organizations.  Use specific words or phrases that you’ve seen in job postings in which you are interested. Don’t share or post anything that could tarnish you as a professional.  Many people are on Facebook to keep up with friends and family and don’t realize that anything that you post with a political rant, photos of you partying all night with friends or in clothing that seems unprofessional or revealing may have a negative effect on your results in your job search!

Use appropriate grammar and language
Engage in intellectually stimulating discussions, but, remember where the fine line may be and use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Do not post opinionated content that could portray you in a negative or demeaning manner. Do not complain about others, past employers, family members, or any other personal or professional matter. These make you seem as though you have a “Negative Nancy” attitude and employers or organizations do not want someone who “stirs the pot” on these types of issues or creates drama out of nothing…Remember, if you don’t want your grandmother to read it, don’t post it, snap it, or text it!

Join professional organization pages
Many professional organizations and healthcare facilities have Facebook pages that you can join to stay abreast of the most current information from them.  Be sure that you like their pages and join them, but keep in mind that even though you may have joined other pages and groups for personal information, you are also seen as a professional no matter what social media avenue you’ve decided to take.

Many new college graduates who are new to the professional world are not following these simple suggestions while using social media and it is costing them a job or career prospects!  You have to decide to be confident (but not overly), not sell yourself short on your resume when describing your skills, and follow the suggestions above.  If at any time, you have questions about what is appropriate versus what is not, please feel free to contact one of the NCHIMA board members.  You are entering a multi-generational workforce in a 24/7 world with media outlets and social media.  Nothing is a secret!

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