Will Employers “Like” My Facebook Profile?

Posted by | November 4, 2012 | Social Media

With employers asking for social media passwords and stories of employees being fired for what they posted or liked on Facebook, it’s not surprising someone said this to me the other day: “I wonder what the repercussions are going to be down the road. Are people going to lash out against employers simply by deleting their social media accounts while they are job searching?”

Of course, I find it hard to say one way or the other. However, I can tell you that in the past month a friend of mine pulled down her Facebook account simply because she was job searching. In my frantic moment of “Did she delete me!?!?!” I immediately emailed her asking what was going on. She laid it out pretty straight – she’s looking for a new job; she doesn’t think that there is anything too racy or out of the ordinary on her Facebook profile, but she doesn’t want to take any chances, even with her profile set on the highest privacy setting.

Interesting, eh?

At work we always impress upon our clients the importance of using social media in your job search and the greater importance of keeping a clean online presence. I often skim through my own to make sure there is not anything that is going to knock me out of the park. I don’t really think that deleting your entire profile is the best plan of action – after all, we live in a world of social media, there is an expectation that you are going to be found to some degree online. I’ve had a client who was turned down from a marketing job because the employer couldn’t find her online.

The trick is making sure that what is found is tidy, nice, polite, and expresses who you honestly are. As much as we like to believe we have freedom of expression, we have to remember that we are facing a world of biases, competition, and people who are just looking for reasons to NOT hire us or keep us on the team. It may not be right, but its reality.

~ Melissa Macfarlane is a Career Development Professional with Northern Lights Canada.

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