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Looking for a New Job? You Might Want to Clean-up Your FaceBook First

Bad Boy Looking for a New Job?  You Might Want to Clean up Your FaceBook First

So you found your dream job, put together a stellar resume, but didn’t get the job?  Well it might have been those pictures of you getting high or the one of you taking a wiz on your previous employers logo.

Yep that’s right, according to an article on Market Watch, 45 percent of employers are using social networking sites to do research on prospective employees.  Rounding out the top 3 most common ones to be looked at were FaceBook 29 percent, LinkedIn 26 percent, and MySpace 21 percent.

What truly amazed me was the types of negative content that were found:

  • Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information – 53 percent
  • Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs – 44 percent
  • Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients – 35 percent
  • Candidate showed poor communication skills – 29 percent
  • Candidate lied about qualifications – 24 percent

Below are some of the DOs and DONTs that were noted in the article:

  1. DO clean up digital dirt BEFORE you begin your job search.  Remove any photos, content and links that can work against you in an employer’s eyes.
  2. DO consider creating your own professional group on sites like Facebook or BrightFuse.com to establish relationships with thought leaders, recruiters and potential referrals.
  3. DO keep gripes offline.  Keep the content focused on the positive, whether that relates to professional or personal information.  Makes sure to highlight specific accomplishments inside and outside of work.
  4. DON’T forget others can see your friends, so be selective about who you accept as friends.  Monitor comments made by others.  Consider using the “block comments” feature or setting your profile to “private” so only designated friends can view it.
  5. DON’T mention your job search if you’re still employed.

In an age of technology and those darned Google Image searches, also remember that ANY image you posted on ANY web site is now fair game.  The main image for this article was one I found of a “professional” friend of mine in about two minutes.

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About the Author

Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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