4 Tips to Make Sure Facebook Does Not Hurt Your Career! (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Note: This would not be a good profile picture for your Facebook page!

A 2009 study by Microsoft showed that 70% of hiring managers have rejected a job candidate based on what they found when looking the candidate up online.  Another recent study showed that nearly 10% of U.S. companies have fired someone due to online behavior.  Here are 4 quick tips to make sure your career does not suffer because of your activity on Facebook:

  1. Use a professional profile picture.  You don’t have to be in a suit, but your picture should still represent you well.  In other words, it’s not a great idea to use a picture of yourself from a recent “pimps and hoes” costume party that you attended!
  2. Keep your privacy settings strict.  Employers are only looking at your page to see if there is a reason to disqualify you; except for your profile picture, keep your entire page private to people who are not “friends” with you.
  3. Assume that everything (pictures and content) on your page can be seen by everyone.  Just because your profile is set to private does not mean that an employer still can’t access your profile.  My younger brother interviewed for an internship position back in 2005 (when Facebook was in its infancy), and he had his profile set to private, except for people in his network.  (At that time, his network was “Villanova University.”) He was stunned when the hiring person told him that one of the company’s employees had been able to access to his page.
  4.  Assume that everything you post on other Facebook pages can be seen by everyone.  One of my former employees for the Washington Wizards ended up as a headline on ESPN.com last week for posting an inappropriate message on another Facebook page.   In addition to the extreme embarrassment he has experienced within the company, it remains to be seen what punishment he will receive from management.

You can still have fun on Facebook, but you have to be smart about it.  Assume that anything on your Facebook page and anything you post on other pages can be seen by EVERYONE.  Otherwise, you run the risk of missing out on job opportunities or even getting fired after you have been hired! 

Thanks for reading!

-Pete Leibman

College Speaker and President of Idealize Enterprises




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