Placing People Professionally

Facebook whilst Job Searching

27 August 2015

Facebook is used by over nine million Australians and over 500 million people Worldwide. Privacy is an issue on Facebook in general, but it's even more of an issue when you're job searching. If you're not careful, everything you post on Facebook can be seen by your current employer or a prospective employer. Inappropriate comments and/or photos have cost job seekers offers and have caused employees to be fired.

Given the fact that just about everyone uses Facebook, it's smart to take the time to make sure that what you post is seen only by who you want to see it, not by the world.

If you're looking for a new job or concerned about your boss and co-workers see in your posts - check your privacy settings carefully - both the general settings and the settings for each of your posts.

Before you click to post, make sure it's viewable by only the people you want to see it. It is becoming increasingly common for employers to do background checks on potential employees by looking at their Facebook profiles.

What Current Employers Shouldn't See on Facebook

  • Don't post anything you wouldn't want your current employer or a prospective employer to see.
  • Avoid any comments that could be interpreted as racist, sexist or discriminatory in any way.
  • Remove or untag photos of you that show you in an unfavourable light.
  • Evidence of illegal activity.
  • Inappropriate photos, especially nudity.
  • Offensive language, rude sexual jokes
  • Look at your wall. Remove comments from your friends that seem distasteful.
  • Look at the apps on your profile. Does their purpose portray you well? There are more than a few apps that may not be the best ones to have on your page when you're looking to get a job.
  • What groups are you a member of? If you belong to "It's 5 am, I'm drunk, and on Facebook" or any similar groups, you probably want to leave them.

Facebook Privacy Settings for Job Seekers

  • Make sure only friends can see your photos.
  • Make sure only friends can see your religious and political views.
  • Make sure only friends can see your posts.
  • With the privacy settings, you are given an opportunity to preview your site, a feature that lets you see what the outside world sees when they access your Facebook page.