Communicate Your Way to Success
With the dawn of social media, and all the forms of it that bombard our smartphones every minute of every day, itâs definitely a communications world today. And, all those forms of digital communication can be a double-edged sword. They can help you succeed, but they can also send you crashing. Social media can help you build a strong reputation. It certainly also can ruin a reputation. We at Concorde want our students to succeed as they navigate their ways through health care career school. Our students can use the various forms of social media and digital communications available, whether studying nursing or dental assisting, or training to be a surgical technologist or massage therapist, to succeed in their careers. We enlisted the advice of Robin Spielberger, a digital media specialist and adjunct instructor in communications at Concordeâs campus in Memphis, Tenn., to help with best practices to use when navigating the often-tricky waters of social media. The following tips on the proper use of social media and digital communications for todayâs student and young professional are excerpted from an article entitled, 20 Ways to Not Be #ThatIntern.
Social media tips while attending a health care career school
- Keep it to yourself â What you put online is exposed to everyone, Spielberger said, so be sure to ask yourself if itâs a good idea to put it out there. ââ¦ and for the love of kittens,â she said, âdo not post any potentially questionable pictures.â You must also make sure that comments friends make are appropriate as well. Weâre no better than the company we keep.
- Ingenuity goes a long way âÂ There are thousands of questions for new employees. Instead of bombarding your new boss or instructor with them, show some ingenuity and fortitude and find the answers yourself. Google was created for a reason.
- Put it away âÂ Everyone is glued to their smartphones these days. Keep your phone in your pocket and on silent until there is an acceptable time to check it. Try to limit yourself to a few times a day.
- Know your grammar. Youâre in college, arenât you? â About 80 percent of clients and companies demand high-quality services which involve writing or presentation creation. If you hand in error-ridden work, it not only reflects poorly on you, but the companyâs reputation suffers. Can an organization really trust you to work for them if you can't spell? Especially in the age of spell-check.
- Youâre only as professional as your email â Business email should be professional in nature, but too often is impolite, too casual and filled with errors. This leaves a bad impression on recipients which might include your boss, colleagues, clients, professors and prospective employers.