Now that Facebook has announced their Social Jobs app, it’s a good time for you to consider cleaning up your profile page and making other adjustments. You’ve all heard advice about your Facebook profiles before – but if you’re going to take the next step and use Facebook to find a job – it’s time to get serious (and maybe grow up a little)!
- Review your privacy settings. Facebook is constantly tweaking what you can make public or not. Make sure you have everything blocked you want to.
- Pick the right profile picture. Your profile pic is always public, so make sure it’s one that you don’t mind a potential employer seeing.
- Clean up your photos. If you keep photos public, make sure to take down or untag yourself from the most controversial ones.
- Clean up your “Likes“. If you’re like me, you’ve probably racked up your fair share of “Likes” over the years. Take a few minutes to review the things you’ve liked and “unlike” anything that may rub employers the wrong way.
On another note, if employers are promoting their open jobs to you on Facebook, then they are most likely more modern in their thoughts about social media and sharing, and will judge you less by your college party pics.
Mike Spinale is a corporate Human Resources leader at a healthcare information technology company located outside of Boston, Massachusetts and is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University. He has over eight years of experience in HR and management including career counseling, recruitment, staffing, employment branding, and talent management. Mike has dedicated his HR career to modern views on the field – HR is not about the personnel files – it’s about bringing on the best talent, ensuring they’re in the right seat, and keeping them motivated and growing in their careers. In addition, Mike is the author of the CareerSpin blog where he offers advice and opinion on job search, personal & employment branding, recruiting, and HR. Mike is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College. He is also a board member of the Metro-North Regional Employment Board, a board which sets workforce development policy for Boston’s Metro-North region, and an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northeast Human Resources Association.