We’ve said it time and time again; we live in the age of Instagram. But also, we live in the age of personal branding where social media tools help us in building our own brands and careers. When used properly, they work to our advantage, helping us take the next step in our social and work lives. But when used wrongly, it can send us spiralling down the ladder. Here are a few things a yuppie should avoid in order to work-proof his or her Instagram account.
ON PLAYING HOOKY
Scenario: You and your friends decide to go on a 3-day weekend in Baguio, yet you’ve used up all your vacation leaves for that summer trip. On the day of the trip you call in sick, faking a cough like Karen Smith as you head up NLEX. And while you’re itching to whip out your phone to take a photo of that scenic view from the country club, do keep in mind that your boss might just be the first one to double-tap that IG post.
DON’T BE #ALLABOUTLASTNIGHT
Let’s get one thing straight, you’re no longer that eager college girl who’s thirsty for alcohol. Posting a nice, tasteful photo with your friends on a night out is acceptable but having drunken photos surface on your gram for your colleagues to see is a definite no-no. No one wants to see a mess, no matter how hot it is. Likewise, don’t post photos of your officemates in a wasted state.
STAY AWAY FROM ILLICIT OR ILLEGAL CONTENT
Just because Miley Cyrus does it doesn't mean you should. (Actually, she's a good peg for what not to do.) Remember, anything that you wouldn’t do or say in front of the authorities shouldn't EVER end up on your grid.
EDIT WHAT YOU SAY AND WHAT YOU POST
Okay, so your Instagram is personal and you see it as an avenue where you could express yourself freely to the public. However, do be mindful of what you post and say especially if it has anything to do with a controversy. Controversial remarks can be a big turn-off to some employers and clients. We’re not saying you should put a halt on posting things; it is your own account. But just be very thoughtful about the things you put out there. Will you be able to stand by what you say? You wouldn’t want to regret things later on.