Job Hunting via Social Media – Clean Up Your Facebook.

Intro to my series “Job Hunting via Social Media” here -  http://bit.ly/fImNhh

 

There are so many examples online, I’m sure you’ve heard of, about Facebook and people not getting a job or internship because of Facebook. You’re hearing these stories because they are real and employers really are looking at Facebook [CBS news story here - http://bit.ly/hY7zXZ].

Employers are looking on Facebook to see if you really are like how you seem in the interview. They want to see how you maintain you’re life and if you were being fake the entire interview. Think they can’t see your profile because it’s “private?” Wrong. There is software, tips, etc. that gets you around Facebook privacy settings. Want to see for yourself? Google “getting around privacy settings on Facebook” and see how to.

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My tips for cleaning up your Facebook:

  • Delete drunken pictures. If you have too many pictures of you wasted, delete all of them and don’t post them to begin with. Keep it classy!
  • Make out pictures. Don’t post pictures of you making out with your boyfriend/girlfriend, pictures of you on top of each other, etc.
  • Delete profanity where you can.
  • Delete any offensive quotes that could be taken the wrong way or portray you in the wrong light.
  • Add your jobs, internships and experience! Employers want to see if your resume matches up with your Facebook.
  • Monitor your wall. Delete comments that say, ” had an awesome time getting trashed with you last night” and comments like that.
  • Don’t have an entire wall feed of you playing games like farmville and mafia wars. No employer wants to see that amount of time wasted on Facebook games.
  • Delete suggestive pictures, don’t be provocative online.
  • Don’t fight with people on Facebook, it’s annoying and it looks bad on you too for just being involved.
  • Don’t share too much! Don’t ever share your address, that you’re suicidal, anything extreme, etc. Keep that private or get help.

 

Even as a student, I’m appalled at some of the things students post on Facebook in general, but especially people who are desperately searching for a job. Employers really are looking at Facebook so try to keep your Facebook as clean as possible.

I know Facebook is supposed to be a network for friends, but still try to maintain a professional personal appearance online everywhere and keep everything consistent.

 

What else do you think should NOT be on Facebook or SHOULD be on your page?

 

Related articles:

HOW TO: Clean Up Your Facebook Profile [via Mashable]

Scrubbing Your Social Media Presence of Scandal [via Huffington Post]

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13 comments

  1. I loved reading this post. Finally, someone else feels the same way about Facebook and keeping it “G-rated” like I do. Some people don’t realize that it is not cute to have a provocative or trashy social networking site. Regardless of what you do and who you are, it’s always important to maintain a professional image of yourself on your site- You never know who is looking at it.

    1. Hi! Thanks for reading and commenting! It’s always important to remain professional across all platforms online because you never know who is going to see what.

      -Lauren

  2. And I’m pretty sure you saw my response on my blog a few weeks back: keep your profile private, and if you HAVE to invite coworkers, etc make a separate group that has limited access.

  3. Glad to see someone addressing the issue of Facebook in the workforce. Because we are in an age of such technology, it’s inevitable that a future employer will stumble along our personal pages. Especially in younger employees and students, the idea of having several personas doesn’t seem much of a social stigma. Unfortunately, the latter can truly jeopardize future opportunities and cause unwanted reputation “fender-benders.” Great write-up!

    1. Hi Kristen,

      I definitely think this issue needs to be addressed because SO many students post things on Facebook I really can’t believe they post on their profiles. We definitely need to be more aware of what we are posting and who could potentially see it.

      -Lauren

  4. Nice piece. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful information particularly the last part. I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  5. In general it’s smart to keep things “clean.” More and more HR department are looking at FB, Twitter and Linkedin as places to find up and coming talent. In fact, many HR departments have a full blown recruitment plan around these SM sites.

    Furthermore, it’s vital to build your PLN. If you’re going into PR or biology or whatever you are majoring in, then follow the people who matter in your field. Become an authority by learning from the authorities.

    Glad to see this kind of post to other students!

    1. Hi Gina!

      Thanks for commenting and reading. I have noticed a lot of discussion online about recruiters looking at online profiles too, so it’s something we really need to be aware of.

      -Lauren

  6. I think our generation should fight this, not give into it through censorship. Your personal life should be respected, even if it’s public. Employees should be judged on the value of their work.

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