In Part 1 we discussed some of the online tools job seekers can use to maximize job search results. In this article we will focus on ways to ensure your Facebook presence is aligned with your job search objectives.
When was the last time you checked your privacy settings on Facebook? Unless you have taken the time to create restrictions, third party programs (that means apps and quizzes that run on Facebook but have not been created by Facebook) will be granted access to all of your most personal information as soon as you—any of your friends—select one of these applications.
Every Person You’ve Friended On Facebook Is Sharing Your Personal Data With Unknown Apps Unless You Do This
[Updated December 2015] From the home page, look at your Apps list on the left. Hover over the word ‘Apps’ to reveal the word ‘More’ and click it. Find the settings button at the top of the new page that opens and click that. Now click ‘Logged in Anonymously’ and you will see a section called ‘Apps others use.’ You’ll need to click on the edit button to gain control over which of your personal information is shared by your friends when they use apps on Facebook.
Without even knowing it, your friends are sharing your information in any of the categories that have a check mark.
I recommend you read each one and make a conscious decision. Leave the check marks in areas you don’t mind sharing and uncheck the areas you want to restrict.
Are You Tagged In Photos That Could Hurt Your Job Search?
You may be thinking: I would never post a compromising picture or story about myself so I don’t need to worry about this. Think again. Are you confident that no one in your life would post a photo of you that you wouldn’t want to see on a public network? For instance, without your consent and without your knowledge, you could get tagged in a photo of people passed out on the floor following a keg party. You can remove the tag (if you find out about it) and ask to have the photo taken down but you can’t do it yourself. The photo will be available according to the privacy settings of the person who posted it; your privacy settings apply only to items posted on your timeline.
This could impact your job search as well as any legal or court issues that come up in the future.
So take a look around. Set your privacy settings according to your desired level of risk. Google your name. Start actively managing your online presence so that it becomes a positive force in securing your next career opportunity.