Below is a video from Youtube called “How Not To Suck At Facebook” that I first saw in my Personal Branding class with Dr. Bret Simmons. It is a great clip about how to set up your Facebook page so you don’t jeopardize your career or any future opportunities.
It is becoming more and more common for an HR Representative to check a potential candidate’s Facebook page before offering them a position. Have you taken a good look at your Facebook page recently? What does it say about you? Now is the time to really look at your online presence with critical eyes and make some changes.
First of all, you need to take a long hard look at your photos and decide if you really want everyone to be looking at them. If you are looking for a place to store photos you can make a Snapfish or a Flickr account, but you really don’t need to post pictures of you highly intoxicated at last night’s party on your Facebook page. Human Resources will see these pictures and will take them into great consideration as they compare you to the other candidates. Your judgment skills, level of responsibility and overall common sense will be questioned as they search through your entire page.
It’s also extremely important to be aware of what you are writing and commenting on other peoples’ walls and photos. Again, this reflects you, and although one Facebook post doesn’t seem like a fair judgment of a person, it happens.
So take a moment to revamp your Facebook page so you don’t ruin your next job opportunity for what you have posted online. Remember, just because you make your profile private doesn’t mean no one will ever be able to access the information and once you post something, there’s no taking it back.