Saturday, April 17, 2010
I recently read an article on CNN called “Young job-seekers hiding their Facebook pages", by Stephanie Goldberg. This article revealed the lengths in which young jobseekers are going to hide their identity online. Many of these individuals are changing their names, or profile pictures to trick the companies but many are not successful. A recent survey commissioned by Microsoft found that 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online. Many of these applicants have not gone through their Facebook and censored it to be "applicant" friendly. I learned many of these tips last year at the PRSSA National Assembly.
Next, clean up your profile. This means to go through all aspects of your page. Go through your info, photos, and even your wall posts. Here are the top ten turn-offs for employers on social networking websites:
1. References to drug abuse
2. Extremist / intolerant views, including racism, sexism
3. Criminal activity
4. Evidence of excessive alcohol consumption
5. Inappropriate pictures, including nudity
6. Foul language
7. Links to unsuitable websites
8. Lewd jokes
9. Silly email addresses
10. Membership of pointless / silly groups
Once your profile is employer safe, make sure to keep it clean. If you are tagged in an inappropriate photo for the workplace make sure those people cannot see your tagged pictures, or better yet make your privacy where no one can see what pictures you’re tagged in. Just because you have the job does not mean you can let your Facebook page go wild. You can still be fired over your social media self.