Is Facebook Hurting You?

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Is Facebook Hurting You?

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Facebook is a tool that can help or hurt your job search efforts. It’s a highly useful tool that gets the word out to friends and family everywhere that you’re in the job search market. At the same time, it’s a good idea to monitor what appears on your Facebook page so that it doesn’t sabotage your efforts from the start. These are some of the things you want to keep in mind.

Eliminate Facebook Images and Posts that may be Perceived as Negative

This includes things like political posts, pub posts, and posts that refer to things that may be deemed controversial to potential employers.

Employers want to hire people who reflect their values and will be a good fit within the business culture. Your Facebook page needs to indicate that you will do just that.

Watch what You Post about Former Employers

Sour grapes over previous employment has no place on Facebook while you’re in the market for a new job. Social media is a great tool for marketing yourself as a valuable employee. It can just as easily be used to indicate you may be more of a burden to the hiring organisation.

Limit the Ability of Others to Tag You in Photos and Monitor Comments

Things your friends and family post about you on Facebook is there for employers to see as well. Try to keep the message on your page and about you as positive as possible. Drop friends, at least for the duration of your job search, who have loose lips or difficulty self-editing what they post on Facebook – especially what they say about you.

These small steps can help you clear up your Facebook page so that it can help you land the job you seek.

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