David Fulmer
over 6 months ago
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Clean Up Your Social Media - Deactivate Facebook for a time

I received a email from Jobcase today that read - "Are employers looking at your Facebook profile, David?"

The email suggested cleaning up your social media while seeking employment. I agree and have done so myself. A personal friend that often hires new staff, told me that checking social media is one of the first things they do when looking into an applicants background.

You never know when a Facebook friend might post something that you don't particularly like, agree with or might even be off colored. I have often seen at time seen posts which show up on my page that I promptly remove. I'm sure you have as well. You don't want a hiring manager to see those.

Better than attempting to "clean up" your social media; I believe it necessary to go a bit further. Regarding Facebook; I have deactivated my account while seeking employment. In this age of "political correctness" it's impossible not to offend someone, especially someone who doesn't know you personally.

Deactivating does not close your Facebook account, rather suspends it for roughly a week. This mean of course that you will need to deactivate is regularly, but it's worth doing so for many reasons. Since some day when you are employed, you wont have someone virtually peeking in your widow to see what you are saying or doing; you wont want to start all over again. I sure don't. (posts, timeline info, photos)

Prior to deactivation, I placed a post in the Facebook noting that I would be dropping off social media for a bit and explained why. Gave it a couple of days for friends and family to read the post and then followed through with deactivating.

To Deactivate your Facebook (iPhone) a) While in Facebook and in news feeds, select "More" (at bottom right, has three horizontal lines above the word) b) Scroll down to the bottom and select "Account Settings" under Settings. c) select "Security" d) At the bottom and to the right of "Account", select "Deactivate" e) Enter your Facebook password and continue f) Under "Please let us know why you are deactivating" chose "This is temporary, I'll be back" g) at the pop up window, select "close" h) The pop up will disappear. Scroll to the bottom and select "Deactivate" i) a "Session Expired" window will appear. Select "OK" j) Close Facebook app

That's my suggestion - Cheers (and I'm not from England :-)

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TLC Correll

Although I do agree Social Media has been used,, a cousin of mine got hired for a job & then quickly got fired, she found out the hiring company looked at her facebook page. Well,,, she also had her profile in PUBLIC state, which means anyone, anywhere and anytime can look at it. I have mine in Private mode all the way,,, and any posting that I do I have it listed as MY Friends,, which means only my friends can see it & their friends-- but if a hiring company is wanting to find me on facebook,,, they wont find me,, & they certainly do not know who my friends are.... I'm not on any other social media website. In this age of Cyber attack,, we need to always be cautious of what we put out onto the World Wide Web.

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TLC Correll

I read thru some of the responses to this post & there are some valid points. This is the day of Technology, so yes an employer is going to see how Tech savvy you are, especially if you are in IT field. I have a few friends who do have 2 accounts,, one for business and one for personal. Personally I think whats the point of that? unless you are leaning on facebook to look for jobs which can be posted on it. And there are some people no matter what age they are not on facebook or any other social media- I'm 57,, 1 is younger than me & one is older,, so I dont think there is some kind of age to it... I mean Debbie Reynolds who just died last month had an active facebook account & she was 84!................but I believe the real reason why hiring companies are looking at your social media pages is simply--- You are who you hang with --- you are known by your friends..... so if your friends are posting all types of terrorist comments,, anti-patriotic rhetoric---- they will think this is you as well. You may not be, you just happen to have friends that are-- really?... happen to have? why would you be hanging with people like that unless you are, or have tendency towards its? I mean we all have the social jargon of,,, " I could just kill you"... it doesn't literally mean that you would actually murder someone... just means you really hated what that person did.... but,, how would a hiring company understand that since they dont know you... This also applies to pictures that you post of yourself.... did you dress up for halloween that shows sexually suggestive costumes or poses?--- well guess what they may think you might sexually harass someone if they hire you............I remember reading a story where 2 mothers were arrested for posting pictures of their young children (naked) taking a bath--- seemed harmless?... not really-- by law that is child porn...........another reason why we must protect ourselves

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Dianne McNair

Good suggestion for those who like to go to the edge with their posts. I started a new job late November, as a bridge while I raise my 'vision platform' of the endeavor of my heart. Do you know that in a chat with a colleague she told me she knew about me long before I started. Took 3 months for Secret Clearance, so she had enough time to satisfy her curiosity. But I said 'Really? How?' Told me she checked me OUT! How else could she except FB and/or Linkedin?

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Diona Quesada

hi there this sound like a great idea i think i might just do that temporary for a while cuz i am looking for work.

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John Crawford

I do find irony in JobCase giving this advice, considering that the majority of their postings that they send to everyone by email is often people publicly complaining on here about being fired, sexually harassed, unfairly treated, etc. Seriously, if I was HR and looked at JobCase to find employees, I'd be highly discouraged by these postings, because they all look like huge red flags. I mean, embarrassing friend or family postings on Facebook are one thing. Huge crap posts about work drama that got a person fired posted on JobCase seem a lot more problematic. For if I were looking to hire someone, I certainly wouldn't be wanting to hire people that look like a lawsuit, or a whole bunch of workplace drama waiting to happen. At least, I'd think employees are looking for sane, rational people that have the ability to do the job, and not be a major disruption in the workplace environment. If every post you send out, be it facebook or jobcase, is a passive aggressive pity party, or a whole bunch of armchair legal advice for how to sue your future employer, or some other divisive dispute or virtue signalling that is cringe worthy for employees, can you honestly blame them for passing you up for someone that doesn't look like they have some agenda or chip on their shoulder?

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Shawn Ben

I should check my social media sites.

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Ryan H. Becker, CPA

I don't disagree with your idea of deactivating during the job search. Honestly, I've deactivated a couple times just to eliminate distractions while studying for the CPA exam. I can't imagine a more frustrating way to lose a job offer than being told they didn't like what they saw on your facebook profile. Thanks for the advice.

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John Ridenhower

Watch your email handle also... Open a job hunting email account if necessary. Don't ask an prospective employer to reply to some one called " SNUGGLEBUNNY" or PHATCAT.

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Natalie Scott

Hi David, I wonder how employers are able to view someone's FB account even though you ONLY have "Friends" connected (not public). I closed my FB account because I noticed my employer somehow had access to my account and whenever I posted something online - I would later hear comments about my personal posts in the office. And I did not befriend anyone at this company online (since it was a temp position). So I do not know if Facebook is giving employers back door access to view employees accounts without officially being friends. It was disturbing to me. But I agree with you - its better to be safe than sorry in this age of social media....you never know who is checking you out without your permission.

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Roni Howard

Jobcase is the only social media I've used since Myspace! Lol Tom warned me about FB years ago!

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