Initially Facebook was set up for friends and family to keep in touch with each other no matter where they were in the world… it was set up as a social media platform to ‘keep connected’ now though many people are either using Facebook to help or hinder in their search for employment. The reason there are two sides to Facebook when looking for work is down to the simple fact of impressions.
What does your Facebook Profile say about you?
Time for a quick imagination session…. Imagine you were made redundant from your most recent role you have fantastic skills and experience but no matter what roles you apply for your applications are going no further than a quick telephone interview. This could be down to a multitude of different things (i.e. your interview technique, general mannerism or perhaps you aren’t saying the right things about your former employer…) BUT… this could be due to the boozy night you had three months ago when your friends thought it was acceptable to take pictures of you with your head down the toilet and posted them all over your Facebook page… Although this isn’t a reflection of how you may be in the work place it could just be the icing on the cake for an employer who is looking for reliable staff who aren’t going to let them down.
Have you ever posted a Facebook status how you were too hung-over you couldn’t even get up for work? Big NO-NO! Although perhaps we shouldn’t use Facebook as a tool to get to know our candidates it’s a great way to find out what they are really like. What type of pages they like and groups they contribute to; as an employer personality fit is a very important factor when looking for a new employee (as you want everyone in your team to gel)
So what SHOULD your Facebook profile say about you?
- Not an awful lot- If possible have majority of your profile settings to private so only your friends can see your weekend behavior. – If you aren’t careful with your privacy settings, everything and anything can be visible for potential employers checking out your page.
- Keep it strictly professional if your profile is public and you are using it to search for jobs, ensure no inappropriate pictures or bad language is used on the site. Don’t forget even if you do secure the role inopportune behavior can cost you the job!
- At every attempt ensure you are not using derogative terms or anything that could be perceived as sexist, racist or discrimatory
- Delete any of your photos that show you in an unpleasant light
- THINK… Would your Grandparents be happy with the images/language displayed on your profile hopefully this thought will contribute to you making an acceptable decision to keep your profile CLEAN or PRIVATE.
Happy Hunting Candidates… and don’t forget sometimes us recruiters are watching!