In this section: Public Posts, and Using Facebook for a Job Search.
Things to consider before you post on Facebook:
Anyone can see what you post
- Before you rant about your commute to work, remember that anyone, including current and future employers, may see what you post. Posts peppered with swear words, alcohol or drug use, and complaints about employers or coworkers are not flattering (not to mention could be illegal).
- Think about it this way: Is this something you’d say to your mom or grandma? Or your priest or boss?
- Your posts could appear in search engine results, which means that people not logged in to Facebook could still see them. You can adjust this in your privacy settings. Go to Appearing in Search Engine Results on the Facebook Help Center to learn how to do this.
Do some ‘spring cleaning’
- Read over the posts you’ve made and comments others have left on your wall. Remove any that could be offensive.
- If you want, you can change your privacy settings so that you have to approve posts to your wall or pictures you are tagged in.
- If you don’t want to go through years of posts or are worried about past Facebook content, you can limit old posts that show on your timeline.
- Remember the groups you have joined, such as “Creative excuses for calling in sick to work” may be visible to others. In addition, groups you’ve joined could disclose personal or sensitive information that you may not wish your employer to know, like your political or religious beliefs.
Set your privacy settings
- Adjust your privacy settings so only “friends” can see your posts, photos, religious and political views. To see what your page looks like to visitors, follow these directions: Facebook Help Center – How can I see what my Page looks like to visitors?
- Consider restricting who may post on your timeline so your friends don’t say something inappropriate. A friend may think posting a picture of you passed out surrounded by beer bottles is funny, but an employer will not.
Look at your pictures
- Evaluate your profile picture. Is your picture something you’d want a potential employer to see as their first impression of you?
- Remove or untag photos that portray you in a negative way. To review photos you have shared or the photos you are tagged in, use the Facebook activity log. Remember, posts you may have hidden on your timeline could be viewed on someone else’s timeline if you were tagged in a post or picture.
Look at your apps
- Other people may be able to see the apps you have installed in your profile. Installing an app that lists the closest marijuana dispensary or an app that displays DUI check points doesn’t inspire confidence. To edit your app settings, go to Manage Your Apps in the Facebook Help Center.
For more information, see: Prepping your Facebook for a Job Hunt
Using Facebook for Job Search
From the “Jobs” page, you can search job postings by location, job type (full or part-time, internship, volunteer, contract), and industry. To apply for a job, click the “Apply Now” button on the posting, and a screen will pop-up that’s automatically filled out with information you’ve added to your Facebook profile. This is why it’s important to keep your Facebook profile information up-to-date. You can edit any of the information on the form, and there is a place to type in a cover letter expressing your interest and explain your skills and qualifications. This form is only 1,000 characters, however.
For more information and to see a video and photos of what this process looks like, check out these links: “You can now apply and interview for a job entirely within Facebook” and “How to Use Facebook’s New Job Search Feature.”
To update the Work and Education section of your profile, go to the “About” section. Here are some instructions: “How do I update the About section of my profile?”
More tips for how to use Facebook in your job search
Stay engaged Join professional groups Follow companies you are interested in Keep your eye out for jobs or volunteer opportunities from your friends Use tools to discover unknown connections For more information, check out these links:
Join professional groups
Follow companies you are interested in
Keep your eye out for jobs or volunteer opportunities from your friends
Use tools to discover unknown connections
For more information, check out these links: