Employers looking at Facebook

  • kevmoran

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    Jul 02, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    I have a question for you mature, intelligent, beautiful men.

    I'm looking around for alternate jobs just to see what's out there. And while my Facebook isn't full of drunk or rude photos, I do have a weird/dry sense of humor and I tend to just put all kinds of weird stuff on there. I tried to make it private, but it seems Facebook has different privacy settings now and I cannot hide everything like I thought I could. It only hides status updates. Not to mention, there are apps now that can crack through Facebook's privacy settings and allow people to see your full profile anyway.

    So what do you think my options are? Would it be weird/work to make another Facebook profile and delete the old one? Do you know of any other ways to privatize your Facebook?
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    Jul 02, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    johnnydeppthroat saidIt only hides status updates. Not to mention, there are apps now that can crack through Facebook's privacy settings and allow people to see your full profile anyway.


    This is new to me.

    I'd be more concerned they found stuff like this - "The pucker is too tender for all your fancy cocoa butter! I use CeraVe sensitive skin lotion, keeps everything soft and pink."
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    Jul 02, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    You could always use an alternative last name on Facebook. Your friends know who you are. And I am sure you already do this, but also make sure the email you are using when applying for jobs is not one tied to facebook or other social sites.
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    Jul 02, 2013 5:56 AM GMT
    Would you readily admit that you had a FB account? I've had a few job interviews/applications that asked me what social networking sites I'm a member of. I put: None. It's not relevant to the position, so it's none of their business.

    If you're applying for a job that might require you to reveal your online habits, then it's best to start making everything private. And pretty much what Iceblink said; use a different email when applying to jobs.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 02, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    You delete your history first ... wala, all gone and then you create lists, like family, friends and public ... anybody you don't want them to see everything you put on the family list so then the only thing you see are those that you make public and then for the stuff you don't want everyone to see you select Friends when you share or comment.
  • kevmoran

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    Jul 02, 2013 6:31 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYou delete your history first ... wala, all gone and then you create lists, like family, friends and public ... anybody you don't want them to see everything you put on the family list so then the only thing you see are those that you make public and then for the stuff you don't want everyone to see you select Friends when you share or comment.

    That's my whole issue. Facebook changed their privacy settings about 6 months ago so you no longer have that option. There is a one size fits all "private" setting that still lets people see your cover photos, timeline photos, and profile pictures, along with all the comments on them.
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    Jul 02, 2013 6:35 AM GMT
    One of my admisitraitors at wrk casually said to me in passing at a team steps meeting "I looked you up on facebook but couldn't find you" my initial reaction was why in the hell is this guy lkn me up, then I felt like an ass because I really dont have a FB page. My final thought... A blessing in diguise.
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    Jul 02, 2013 12:23 PM GMT
    If you're really that concerned about not getting a job, then get rid of FB. Is it worth it to keep the account if you're always thinking if employers are looking at your page?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 02, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    I actually have a few clients of mine that are friended on FB and there are probably a few pics and posts that would better not be seen by them.. but..

    I have choices. I could not approve their addition (in which case they'd probably be offended) or just follow a
    reasonable course. Facebook is about life. The idea a potential (or existing) employer can check it out is outragious, but I'd just tone it down a bit if you are that concerned.
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    Jul 02, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    There are ways to help make yourself more illusive on facebook:

    1. Use a different email address for it- You'll likely provide your potential employer with an email address, which in turn they will google to have a snoop. To achieve this go to privacy, 'Who can look me up?'. Be sure to set that to 'friends' and untick 'Let other search engines link to your timeline'.
    2. A different last name as others have suggested.
    3. Making the 'who can see my stuff' settings only for friends.
    4. Click 'Limit your old posts' in the security tab.
    5. Change your cover photo to a landscape and delete your previous ones or don't have one at all.
    6. Delete any rude comments on your cover photo

    You can always double check what the public can see by using the view as feature, for me its only a cover photo and the display picture.
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    Jul 02, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    Mistake #1: Having a Facebook account.
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    Jul 02, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
    i wouldn't delete my account just bc of that.

    why would they even care about looking at your facebook page in the first place. that's just creepy.

    everybody knows fb is a private thing & it's not linkedin.

    last year my boss sent me a friendship request. i thought it was weird and I blocked him.

    i do have some coworkers on there tho

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    Jul 02, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    johnnydeppthroat saidI have a question for you mature, intelligent, beautiful men.


    ... said the kid with the profile picture of himself sticking his middle finger up. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 02, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    I use a pseudonym, a private e-mail address that I give out to friends and family only, I post no face pictures of myself and I keep my work life and private life as separate as possible. When asked by a coworker if I am on FB I tell them I am not.
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    Jul 02, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    When I am hiring I look at any perspective employees facebook among other things
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    Jul 02, 2013 2:31 PM GMT
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    johnnydeppthroat saidI have a question for you mature, intelligent, beautiful men.


    ... said the kid with the profile picture of himself sticking his middle finger up. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Hahaha...yeah, it's probably harder for younger guys who have grown up with their lives online because so much has already been put out there without consequence. At some age, things are funny...then you get to a point where things become a whole other beast.

    Quite honestly OP, you may just have to change some online habits, depending on the career path you choose. Sure there's free speech and you're free to express yourself however you like. But you're now subject to consequences. It's all part of growing up.

    One minor experience...I was with my personal trainer one day...after workout, and I was beat to shit...he took my picture. I flashed him a middle finger (completely joking) and we laughed because the pic caught the right moment, facial expression, and finger. He posted to his gym page on FB. Maybe tagged me, I don't know. My business partner who isn't on FB saw this somehow...through mutual friends or something...and was like...uh you should not have that out there. All within the same day...

    Point being...so many things without proper context can create a perceived image, opinion, behavior, habit...welcome to adulthood. You are your own PR. Just think twice and sometimes less is more. Instead of worrying about how you continue your online habits...maybe worry about how you change them.
  • kevmoran

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    Jul 02, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    I've thought about deleting Facebook altogether... but I think that's a generation difference. When someone my age doesn't have a Facebook it means they are a psychopath and/or in the witness protection program. It would be equivalent to a 35 year old having no phone or TV.

    And it's also worth mentioning that the jobs I'm applying for are display/merchandising jobs at a very liberal clothing store, so it's not a corporate professionalism I'm looking for. Just so that employers can't read my every inside joke. But thanks for the suggestions guys!
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    Jul 02, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidWhen I am hiring I look at any perspective employees facebook among other things


    Same here. I do extensive social media mining when I hire an employee. In my line of work there's not division between professional and personal, you represent the company brand even when you're not "on the clock" so-to-speak.

    I have a Facebook account merely for controlling our company Facebook page. I don't have anything on my personal page.
  • Import

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    Jul 02, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    So companies look at a lack of "online presence" is rather strange and not the norm. Saying u dont have a facebook or LinkinIn will raise some eye brows....like "this dude isn't on Facebook? ummm, what a weirdo" "no linkedIn profile? this guy must be some hippy or lone wolf type"
  • LJay

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    Jul 02, 2013 2:54 PM GMT
    Among the other privacy issues which need to be addressed, eployers' access to facebook is certainly a biggie.

    I worked with a guy who would pass judgment on people based on their zip code or phone exchange. He had no respect at all for the people who worked for him.
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    Jul 02, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    Import saidSo companies look at a lack of "online presence" is rather strange and not the norm...


    Not necessarily. If you are in an interview you can head it off at the pass by saying you don't have it because of x, y and z. Between my job, my time at home and my training (running, cycling) I don't have time to be on Facebook. Facebook is like having a child...you have to nurture it and coddle it with pictures and updates to please everybody else except yourself.

    I have Twitter because it's fast, less personal, I get my news updates etc. quickly and it's less involved. I don't have LinkedIn because I just haven't had the time to set it up...to be blunt.



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    Jul 02, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    johnnydeppthroat said
    AMoonHawk saidYou delete your history first ... wala, all gone and then you create lists, like family, friends and public ... anybody you don't want them to see everything you put on the family list so then the only thing you see are those that you make public and then for the stuff you don't want everyone to see you select Friends when you share or comment.

    That's my whole issue. Facebook changed their privacy settings about 6 months ago so you no longer have that option. There is a one size fits all "private" setting that still lets people see your cover photos, timeline photos, and profile pictures, along with all the comments on them.

    Would it be easiest then to delete from Facebook whatever pictures you don't want the wrong people seeing from your timeline and albums? In my case I wouldn't want my boss, future boss or whoever might determine a job offer amount within my pay grade to see that I have a nicer car and boat than they, so I was thinking of deleting those pics and comments from my account. Then also there's the spectre of reverse image search, where even the most innocuous pics might land me in hot water.
  • kevmoran

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    Jul 02, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidWould it be easiest then to delete from Facebook whatever pictures you don't want the wrong people seeing from your timeline and albums? I wouldn't want my boss to see that I have a nicer car and boat than him, for example, so I was thinking of deleting those pics and comments from my account.

    Just looked through my profile and there's 1,456 photos. This'll be quite the project.
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    Jul 02, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    ^
    Oh, it's that age thing you mentioned. I'm not that prolific a poster on Facebook. Here, on the other hand...
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    Jul 02, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    LJay saidAmong the other privacy issues which need to be addressed, eployers' access to facebook is certainly a biggie.

    I worked with a guy who would pass judgment on people based on their zip code or phone exchange. He had no respect at all for the people who worked for him.


    gee, sounds an awful lot like my boss.

    he used to monitor everything i did in the office.

    i don't know how he did it but he had a devise on his computer that enabled him to see everything i did on mine. it was like the sharing screen option on skype.

    i wasn't even aware of it until one day i caught him doing it. he had screen caps of personal conversations i'd had w/ my friends.

    i'm sure i could sue him if i wanted to.

    maybe i will someday.