Preparing your Facebook profile for a job interview

Public Relations is an extremely competitive field. We all know this. Our teachers preach it to us every day in class. They say, “you have to stand out from your classmates” and “you have to be professional at all times”. So, in a field where the average job posting is answered with 200 applications, how are you going to stand out?

Definitely not by portraying yourself as a drunk on Facebook, right?

Right?

Right guys?

Yeah… unfortunately, most students don’t realize the things that they post on Facebook, even if they have their personal settings on private, can be seen by potential employers. But, I truely do believe that this is because most people in general don’t understand how the Facebook privacy policy works.

I don’t even understand it fully. I try to. What I do know is that a lot of employers use an application called Openbook, and if you haven’t heard of it, you need to check it out.

Basically, the application allows anyone to type in search terms (for example: Jessica Bedore drunk bar crawl) on the page and any status update, photograph, event RSVP, comment, like, or video that you have ever been associated with will show up… as long as it was marked public.

So, you are now in either one of two groups as you’re reading this.

Nothing but claaassssss

Group 1: “WOAH!!! What the heck?? Crap I knew I shouldn’t have posted those pics from the kegger last weekend! hil hephwfrfgyccj iij jfiwg cdkohv ivgeqvnfepv hiv ge [and so on]”

or…

Group 2: “Yeah, whatever man. My stuff is private… duh.”

I have to say, I used to be in group 2. I never realized that anything that you do on an application/ game on Facebook is public information. So, any information that I gave or any update that I posted to my wall about MyTown or FarmVille or whatever else that I was doing to avoid my homework is out there for anyone to see. The bad thing is that there’s not much you can do about it, either. That’s why they ask you permission before you can play a game.

It’s not just games, though. Really, there are a ton of things that you may think you are posting privately that are actually public.

My main advice is to go into your privacy settings on Facebook and make certain that every thing is set to private before you go on an interview. I can assure you that before you are even called in for the interview, your interviewer has already Googled you, checked your tweets, looked at your Flickr photos and Facebook stalked you more than 13-year-olds stalk Justin Bieber.

OMG he is so dreamy! LOLZ LYLAS... HAGS?

Ok, well maybe not that much. But you get the point…

If an employer has 200 applicants for an open position (and many do!), why wouldn’t they research you?  They are looking for ways to thin out their pile, so make sure that your Facebook presence doesn’t give them a reason to throw your application away!

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3 Responses

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sarah Gubara and Lauren Gray, Jessica Bedore. Jessica Bedore said: How to prepare your #Facebook profile for a job interview http://ow.ly/438GF #prstudchat #prssa #internchat #journchat @sameplane […]

  2. Great post! You are right… I don’t think a lot of students realize how all of the pictures they have of them partying/drinking can really have an influence on a future job. I almost feel like professors need to really make a point of this now, especially because of how huge social media is becoming.

  3. I agree! It would be nice if they made us aware of these things so we don’t have to find out the hard way!

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