Ways to clean up your Facebook while job hunting

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Whether we agree with it or not, the fact is that potential employers will most likely do a social media background check on you during the job hunt process. So it’s more important today than ever to ensure you’ve got nothing to hide – and if you do, that it’s well hidden or, better yet, deleted forever.

Having a Facebook profile from a drunken night out with friends or using bad language in a tweet will not win you any brownie points when a potential employer searches your name, so be sure to clean up your social media act before sending out your next CV.

Be mindful in your comments

If employers browse your Facebook or Twitter page, they can easily see the kinds of comments and statuses you have made in order to get a better sense of how you behave online. The theory is that, while you try to present yourself in a very favorable light during job interviews, social media behavior can give employers an idea of who you really are outside of work. Complaints about former employers or engaging in any subject that might shed you in a negative light are all social media red flags.

Delete bad photos

We’re not talking about photos you don’t look great in, but photographic proof of reckless behavior and drunken nights can be a huge turn off for employers when it comes to assessing their applicants. There’s nothing wrong with having some fun, but if you don’t want your future employers looking at them, keep them private or remove altogether.

Set your tagging settings to private

If you’ve got friends who think it’s hilarious to tag you in non-flattering photos or comment on your page with less than polite subject matters, then it might be a good idea to edit your settings so that you can approve anything that appears on your page. It will save you asking a friend to delete a comment in the future.

Set Your Profile to Private

If you absolutely don’t want employers looking at your social media profiles, then get to work making everything as private as possible. Twitter is inherently a public social networking site, and LinkedIn is a place where you should want to be found by potential employers. However, Facebook makes it possible for users to set safeguards for privacy. That way, certain profile elements can be kept invisible to non-friends, and since most employers won’t be friends with you on Facebook when considering your application, privacy settings can be a good way to keep your private life private from those prying eyes.

Set Your Albums to Private

Alternatively, if you don’t want to entirely shut employers out of your social media world, you can tailor your privacy settings to allow non-friends access to only specific parts of your profile. In other words, you can show off your statuses and info, but restrict access to your photo albums. Sure, it’s only half privacy, but it generally serves as a good compromise if most of your unflattering social media actions are contained to your photos.