Professional Online Communications


Employers should see a professional online presence from you.

This includes emails, social media messages and comments, text messages, and blogs.


  • Ask yourself, is this text appropriate?     
  • Consider the time and manner of your message. Texts can be seen as convenient or intrusive from the employer’s perspective.
  • Send text messages that are proofread and appropriate.
  • Reflect on your message. Does it convey what you want to communicate? 
  • View examples of how to construct a professional text versus an unprofessional message.


  • Viewed as less intrusive in nature and can be sent within a larger window of time.
  • Proofread all professional communications with appropriate content and grammar.
  • View examples of professional and unprofessional emails.

Social Media Posts, Messages, and Videos

  • Should display professionalism and maturity.
  • Can be sent within a longer time frame.
  • Always ask yourself before you post, “Am I comfortable with my boss viewing this content?”

Have you done the following?

  • Written your message at an appropriate time of day (not at 2:00 a.m.)? 
  • Proofread and corrected all grammar.
  • Used appropriate language.
  • Reviewed your emotional status while you were writing: Were you upset? Nervous? Anxious? Is this reflected in your writing to a potential professional contact?