I earned my GPA, put in my hours for internships, tediously created an easy-to-read-but-jam-packed resume...but a simple Google search diminishes my efforts as you learn that I post myself ripping my arm hair out. YouTube hurts my job application. Let's talk about our professional digital footprint.
This chapter in my series takes a serious turn because building a career and gaining respect from your coworkers/boss should be a top priority. Sustaining yourself with income (and hopefully health insurance) is crucial to being your best self and supporting a family.
I'm not an expert, but I have explored this subject for awhile. I've spoken to my college professor and someone who was the head of social media for their company. I can't give you the right answers but can provide guidance on what you should and should not do.
Racy thumbnails and clickbait titles are golden. You are playing the social game. To fancy it up, you have mastered SEO, YouTube's algorithm, and psychology. You are no dummy! BUT, if you are just winging all 3 things that I just listed, stop doing that. Take the time to learn it. (Besides, if you want to call yourself a YouTuber, do the work to be successful. Not a lazy wannabe.) Then, if an interviewer asks you to elaborate, wow them with what you know, like current trends.
There is a chance your interviewer has already seen some of your videos. Most likely your weirdest, oldest, more embarrassing one. Think of possible questions they may ask. Come prepared with answers.
The interviewer may become harsh or overly critical of your channel. Stay calm and collected, but say what you mean. Don't promise to deactivate your account if that will devastate you and cause you to have resentment towards your employer. YouTube takes a lot of time and energy, so connect your experience with the job description. Think about it: you impressed them in some way to still have your interview.
Are you struggling with this issue and need further help? Or do you have any advice to offer? Please use the comments section to help everyone!
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