MBA Admissions A-Z: X is for XXX – Keeping it Clean

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Letter-X-150x150Top 6 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

Back in the olden days (like 15+ years ago), the adcom saw your MBA application...and that was it. Now, with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the popularity of blogging (especially among MBA applicants), the adcom have access to a whole lot more than the professional file that you carefully present to them.

Which is why you need to be careful. Very careful.

Here are 6 things that admissions members could tag with a red flag:

  1. Pictures or videos of you doing stupid stuff – you know what it is.
  2. Inappropriate email addresses.
  3. Blog posts/status updates/Tweets using inappropriate language or curse words.
  4. Blog posts/status updates/Tweets written in poor English.
  5. Blog posts/status updates/Tweets that are slanderous or mean.
  6. Anything that indicates that you're involved in illegal activity.

Please go through each and every one of your social media accounts and CLEAN THEM UP. Delete anything that may make you look bad, untag yourself in your friends' photos and videos if you need to, and last, but certainly not least, make sure that your privacy settings are set at the very highest possible standards. These platforms are constantly changing their privacy rules; stay on top of them to insure that only those people that you WANT to see your activity are the ones who have access to it.

Going forward, realize that anything in digital format is pretty hard to keep private. And every move you make does not need to be recorded for posterity, especially those that will make you cringe in the future.

Note: An increasing percentage of top b-school adcom (and potential employers) DO use Google as a resource when trying to learn more about applicants. Your professional reputation is at stake here!

Learn more about the do's and don'ts of creating the right MBA application image when you view Accepted.com's tip-filled resource A Winning MBA Application Strategy 101.

This post is part of an ongoing series, MBA Admissions A-Z, that offers applicants insightful tips on every aspect of the business school admissions process. Join us as we explore the ABCs of the MBA!

This article originally appeared on the Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog, the official blog of Accepted.com.

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