Privacy is an issue on Facebook, in general, but it's even more of an issue when you're job searching.
If you're not careful, everything you post on Facebook can be seen by your current employer or a prospective employer. Inopportune comments and/or inappropriate photos have cost job seekers offers and have caused employees to be fired.
Given the fact that just about everyone does use Facebook, it's smart to take the time to make sure that what you post is seen only by who you want to see it, not by the world.
Jon Gelberg, Chief Content Officer, Blue Fountain Media, shares tips for job seekers looking to bolster and clean up their presence on Facebook.
What Employers Shouldn't See on Facebook
- Don't post anything you wouldn't want your current employer or a prospective employer to see.
- Avoid any comments that could be interpreted as racist, sexist or discriminatory in any way.
- Remove or untag photos of you that show you in an unfavorable light. If you prefer not to, then be sure to carefully manage your album privacy settings. These control which people can see which of your albums.
- Look at your wall. Remove comments from your friends that seem distasteful.
- Look at the apps on your profile. Does their purpose portray you well? There are more than a few apps that may not be the best ones to have on your page when you're looking to get a job.
- What groups are you a member of? If you belong to "It's 5 am, I'm drunk, and on Facebook" or any similar groups, you probably want to leave them.
Facebook Privacy Settings for Job Seekers
- Make sure only friends can see your photos.
- Make sure only friends can see your religious and political views.
- Make sure only friends can see your posts.
- With the privacy settings, you are given an opportunity to preview your site, a feature that lets you see what the outside world sees when they access your Facebook page.