It seems crazy. I used to think that going into a job interview that I have one and only chance to make a good first impression. This is no longer the case. The new trend is for employees investigate profiles to get that first impression and dig a little deeper to find more personal information. That means everyone should be very considerate of what gets posted on the internet. Many employers are starting to include Facebook in their recruitment and selection processes. With the use of privacy settings this can be prevented, until the company you’re applying to asks for passwords and login information so they can “take a look around”.
Everyone is looking for the most efficient way to get things done. That is why companies are resorting to Facebook profiles to find out about their applicants. Facebook provides a lot of supplemental information about the employee that can ultimately make or break the deal. The unfortunate part is that there is not much legislation on this issue. There are other practises available where the applicant is able to decide what and how much information they provide to the company. This includes looking at housing/renting trends, credit scores, employment history, and much more. The problem with these practises is cost, and looking on Facebook is free.
Things they look at on a Facebook profile:
•Comments you have posted that are racist, sexist or discriminatory.
•Inappropriate photos of you and the people you spend time with.
•Distasteful comments from your friends.
• What types of aps you use.
•What types of groups are you a member of?
Each of these areas of your profile are important to look at when trying to clean up your Facebook ‘image’. These are small things you can look into yourself before applying to jobs just in case. Many people may argue and protest against what these companies are doing, but you can just change some small things and still have an opportunity to get the job.
Your Privacy Settings
Privacy settings are important to use when controlling who can see what on your profile. Be sure to familiarize yourself with them and learn how to hide what you don’t want your future employer to see. There are many sites available to help guide you through changing each privacy setting. It is also important not to add people you do not know on Facebook. This can increase privacy protection as well.
Technology and the use of social media will continue to grow and the popularity of using these to investigate potential employees will increase as well. This is why it is important to be considerate of what goes on your profile. Your profile is a representation of you as a person, so when job searching, try and help the company like what they see.