Privacy is an issue on Facebook, but more so if you are looking for a job or in a current role. I can’t tell you the amount of stories I have from friends who have been called into the HR office to discuss their weekend shenanigans or been let go because they called in sick to work then posted themselves on what they thought was their private Facebook pages out the night before, hitting it a little too hard.
It is completely normal for employers to google and look at your personal Facebook pages before having you interview with them and if you are already in work and they feel like perhaps something is amiss with the work your putting in they may look to find an answer and that could come from your online profile. Remember that just about everyone is on Facebook including your boss, work colleagues and HR so it’s important to make sure your posts are only being seen by the people you want to see it and not by the world.
Here is a list of things employers shouldn’t see on your Facebook page EVER:
- Anything that could be interpreted as sexist, discriminatory or racist in the way of comments, videos or images.
- Any images of you that show you in an unfavourable light, think those selfies after two many drinks, a Halloween costume that may have been a little too busty or short. Pretty much anything that could give someone a bad impression of who you are outside of work hours.
- Clean up your wall, maybe you’re not the culprit but if there are any comments from friends that seem distasteful, get rid of them straight away. I have my settings set that I have to approve anything posted of me before it goes live so I have the power to manage what others see, it’s worth doing this too.
- Stay clear of liking Facebook groups that condone sexism, racism or just bad behaviour as a whole. These show up on your profile and could easily stop you from getting that job you want.
- Take a look at the apps you have attached to your profile, does their purpose portray you well? Delete any that aren’t positive or that you wouldn’t want your grandma to see what you have downloaded.
Do your best not to add work colleagues or your boss to your personal social media profiles, keep your work life and home life separate as much as you can. The key is to not give anyone any ammunition they can use against you that could jeopardise your job or your chances of finding a job.
Make your Facebook settings as private as you can by ensuring that only friends can see your posts and photos. I know it may sound like overkill but Big Brother is always watching (e.g. Mark Zuckerburg and co) don’t let people make what they believe to be an informed opinion of you because they have stalked your social media, it could cost you the job you want, the promotion you have been chasing or worse get you fired. So tighten up your online privacy and keep anything that that could harm your career now or in the future away from the big bad web.