The world is connected through the internet and no business can survive without using it. Employers are normal people who may want to find out about an employee or job candidate through his/her social media profile.
In Germany, it is now banned to short-list candidates based on their social networking profiles. However, despite this law, it’s not impossible for employers to check profiles privately whenever they want.
So if you are a Facebook user and searching for a job, then you should be extra aware of what you are posting online. Here are few tips for you.
Commenting is an adventure in itself because you feel you are in the limelight all the time. So comments can easily get out of control, especially when you are having fun with your friend, discussing his/her new post or picture. Suppose you have posted 4 comments a day since you joined Facebook in 2007. Now you can imagine that you have been published in all kinds of different places over all those years. Make sure, you have presented yourself in as best a light as possible to retain other people’s respect.
Likes & Interests
If you have liked the page, ‘’I hate my boss’’ then either keep your interests and likes completely private or just do not add anybody from your organization as a friend. When you like something, it shows a lot about who you are a person. So make sure you do not like something offensive that will put a prospective employer off.
Your profile must be inoffensive and modest. Your profile must not look too professional, but it should not be too crazy either.
If you love posting photos after every party of you posing with beer kegs, then select the highest privacy levels possible. If your photos are based on bikini shots, muscle shots in the bathroom, or anything which is a red flag to a recruiter, then you will never get a positive response from an employer.
Photos of Me
These are the photos in which your friends have tagged you. If you feel you have been depicted in a way which is damaging to your identity, remove the tag straight away.
Do not risk giving too many details about your religion or politics; this could be highly damanging. Don’t give hiring managers an easy way to eliminate you because of your opinions – feelings can run high on these matters.
Keep your private affairs private
Go to your Facebook page.
- Go to your profile
- Click on ‘settings’ in the top right corner of your screen
- Click on ‘privacy’ from the list of options on the right hand side
- You will see plenty of options for setting your privacy.