How Not to Frighten Prospective Employers With Your Social Networks: 6 Clean Up Tips

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Did you know that Facebook might be keeping you from getting that dream job? Does it sound too crazy to be true? Well, it’s not. What you do during your free time (and what shows up on social media about your private life) can make employers or perspective employers decide that you will be a perfect fit for their companies or that they don’t want you to ever darken their doors.

Still not convinced? Well, statistics show that 91% of recruiters will screen you by looking at your social media pages, including Facebook along with Twitter and LinkedIn. You might be interested in an interesting graphic that you can find here. Here are some tips to help you give your Facebook page an employer-friendly revamp.

1)     Clean Up Your Photos

Did you post skimpy, drunk pictures of yourself from your last trip to the beach? Or did you post the crazy pictures you took at your best friend’s bachelor party? Those pictures might seem like they are fun trophies of happy days. However, an employer will look at those photos as a manifestation of an undependable and wild streak – great in a friend (sometimes), but not at all ideal for an employee. You don’t need to delete your photos permanently. Just at least create a privacy setting that will allow only you to see your photos while you are job hunting.

2)    Clean Up Your Posts

Have you posted about your sex life recently? How much you were able to drink in a night? Your last shopping spree? The state of your finances? No employer wants to know about your sex life. Really. No matter how interesting it might be. Also, no employer wants to hire someone who sounds like they drink a lot. And the state of your finances? Well, that’s just not a good thing to share with your employer either. Would you really want to share that information with your future boss? Now, maybe you are quite conservative with what you post on Facebook. Maybe, though, you have been upset with some political event recently. Did you post about it? Hide the post. Make sure that your Facebook profile displays only information and posts that you want your boss to see. A good resource to help you clean up your posts and the rest of your profile can be found here.

3)    Clean Up Your “Likes”

Now, you might think that no one ever looks at your “likes”. But they do. Especially your potential employers. Your potential bosses are very interested in what you like to read, what music you like to listen to, and what your political and religious affiliations are. These are the things that will prejudice people against you before they get the chance to hire you. Your potential boss might have really liked you when he or she interviewed you. When they look at your Facebook page, though, they might see things that turn them against you and consider another candidate for the position.  So, just clean up your “likes” a bit during your job searching days. 

4)    Don’t Look Too Religious or Political

Employers don’t want to hire people that might turn into controversial employees. This means that they are not interested in someone who swings to the extremes in either religion or politics. Someone who is going to try to convert fellow employees to a certain way of thought is just not good for the work place dynamic. In other words, a potential employer wants to make sure that you are not going to try to convert the office to mainstream Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoastrianism, Atheism, or agnosticism. They also want to be sure that you are not planning on trying to recruit the people in the office to the liberal or conservative political movements. Of course if you are trying to work for a political party, then by all means make your politics and religion known!

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