Employers are using social media to suss out potential employees so if you have things you don’t want to share with your new boss, consider privacy settings.
Employers are using social media to suss out potential employees so if you have things you don’t want to share with your new boss, consider privacy settings.

Job seekers beware of social media

POSTING a semi-nude photo on Facebook from a wild night in Mykonos years ago can come back to haunt you when it comes to landing a job.

Employers are increasingly turning to social media to suss out applicants and, if you're flaunting what you shouldn't, there is a chance you won't be considered.

Busy at Work Apprenticeships Services national recruitment manager Kathie Kelly said Facebookers needed to think about what they were sharing with the rest of the cyber world.

"My advice to potential job seekers is if you're not prepared to say something to someone personally, don't say it on Facebook or Twitter," Ms Kelly said.

"Facebook and Twitter are more widely used among friends and families however, if an employer screens your name through Google, your account is likely to pop up too."

Whether it be comments, status updates or photos, Ms Kelly advised every user to think before posting.

"The big thing about online social platforms that people miss is that it's about being social but that doesn't mean your morals and manners go out the window.

"If you do have a very different personal life, consider making your account private on Facebook if you feel it may jeopardise your chance of securing the job."

It's not just personal status updates and self-uploaded photos you need to worry about.

"Monitor photos your friends post of you: A picture tells a thousand words," Ms Kelly said.

"If in doubt, consider your privacy settings."

Remember, once it's on the internet, it will never disappear.

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How to make your profile private:

 Head to the arrow on the top right corner of your profile, next to 'Home'.

 Scroll down to privacy settings.

 Select 'Friends'.

 This way, only your Facebook friends can view your page.


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