Did you know that 60% of people apparently stalk their ex partners on Facebook? Scary isn’t it. Have you ever “Facebook stalked” someone? Have you ever searched for someone you don’t know or used to know to see what they look like now or what’s going on in their life? You’re not alone.
Employers do this too, and they do it quite often. That’s why it’s important to make sure your Facebook account does not give a negative first impression to a potential employer that finds you on Facebook, and that means cleaning up your social media profile.
Cleaning Up Facebook
The following are some tools and strategies to make sure your Facebook page doesn’t prevent you from getting a job
- Professional Picture – First and foremost, make sure you have the most professional photo possible. Even if you update all privacy settings, Facebook still makes it possible to see your social media profile. Make sure what they see is as harmless as possible.
- Cover Photos – Cover photos are almost always public. Make sure you go back and delete or hide any that show you in a negative light.
- Check the Privacy – Facebook updates its privacy settings all of the time and unfortunately that could mean changes in privacy settings from something previously private to public. So make sure you’re up to date on privacy settings and check your profile to ensure it’s how you want to present yourself.
- Hide All Albums – Go through your albums and ensure that photos of you present you well when it comes to employment. You may want to restrict access to all of them to “Only Friends.”
- Check Your “Likes” – You’ll also want to “unlike” any page, movie, band, etc. that can cause a negative first impression. You should also consider “liking” industry pages to give the impression you’re passionate about your field.
You’ll also want to view your profile from every type of setting – friend, friend of friend, and “not friend” to see what they see.
Cleaning up your Facebook is a crucial part of creating a positive first impression. Can you think of anything else you should do to your Facebook page to protect it from creating a negative first impression?