College Students: Four Easy Steps to Clean Up Your Facebook Page Before the Big Interview

Chris Dessi
Chris Dessi CEO, Author, Television Commentator , Silverback Social

Posted on December 22nd 2012

College Students: Four Easy Steps to Clean Up Your Facebook Page Before the Big Interview

I'm usually pretty liberal with the conent that I allow on Facebook - this is mostly because I'm a 37 year old married father of two, not a 21 year old about to graduate from College. The most scandelous photos that I'm tagged in usually involved baby vomit,  not me vomiting at a frat party.  However, when a photo popped up of my brother and I after having thrown back a few at a Villanova homecoming weekend (circa 1993?) It dawned on me that some photos that upcoming College graduates have on their current Facebook pages may not be as appropriate as others, and perhaps it was worth taking a closer look. So I started to poke around and found something really refreshing:  Facebook is making it easier for us to curate our content.  In this instance "curating" is just nice way of saying - delete all of the pics you don't want your future boss to see.   Phew! Here are three easy steps to help you curate away:

1. Visit Your Activity Log to See Photos Your Tagged In

Facebook Privacy Settings
Facebook Privacy Settings

2. Click Around Your Activity Log - to see photos you're tagged in 

Facebook Privacy Settings
Facebook Privacy Settings

3.  Use "Shared with" and "On Timeline" Filters to See Things You've Hidden From Your Timeline

Facebook Privacy Settings
Facebook Privacy Settings

 4.  Spot Something You Don't Like? DELETE IT!  

Facebook Privacy Settings
Facebook Privacy Settings

Please share this with ANYONE seeking employment and who is concerned about years of bad behavior popping up pre-interview.  I'll leave you with this little gem of a statistic -

51% of recruiters search candidates online to determine whether they will fit with the company culture (source: Qnary).

So if you think they're not checking out all of those pics from High School and College BEFORE you even step foot into the interview, you're sorely mistaken.  Curate away! Happy Holidays.

Chris Dessi

Chris Dessi

CEO, Author, Television Commentator , Silverback Social

An award winning digital thinker, author, television & radio commentator, public speaker and educator, Chris Dessi is the CEO and Founder of Silverback Social. Silverback is the world's leading social media agency, enables top brands and advertisers, to connect with more than a billion customers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Youtube, and more.

Throughout his career in London and New York, Chris has worked with a wide array of businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, as well as notable personalities, products and brands.

Chris’ savvy marketing acumen combined with his passion for psychology, sociology and cultural studies, all reside at the fulcrum of his unique manifesto; he believes that social media is much more of a spiritual awakening rather than a technological one. This revolutionary perspective has propelled his personality into the national media landscape. In addition to being a regular social media expert contributor on Fox Business' Shappard Smith Show, CNBC, Fox Evening News, Good Day New York, WPIX, and Fox Business’ Varney & Co., Chris has appeared on Inside Edition, The Steve Adubato Show, One to One, and has participated in radio segments on WOR’s The John Gambling Show in Manhattan, and WBAL’s Marybeth Marsden show in Baltimore.

Chris applied his fresh and innovative outlook on social media to the pages of his first book, “Your World is Exploding: How Social Media is Changing Everything and How You Need to Change With It,” which shot to #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in its first two weeks of publication.

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In 2012, Chris was selected by the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 Under 40 for exemplifying leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County, where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters.

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Posted on December 24th 2012 at 1:48PM

Awesome post! Being a college student looking to get into the workforce myself, I found this extra helpful (as I'm sure many of my classmates will!). Thanks for the great tips. 

Adam Markowitz
Posted on December 24th 2012 at 4:45PM

This is a great read and solid advice for students in general. However, I feel this is merely a "temporary bandaid" on the much larger problem of online social media identities

Instead of only "playing defense" on your Facebook profile, I'd suggest actively balancing out the scale of your online identity by making a profile you're proud to share with potential employers, and one that would ultimately help you land a great job or internship. While Facebook serves as permanent record of our social experiences in college, allows us to build and maintain an online record of our academic and professional experiences.

Posted on December 24th 2012 at 9:31PM

Thanks for the post/advice!  Because 51% of recruiters search candidates online, monotoring your Facebook and proactively cleaning up your profile is obviously very smart.  With regard to aggregating your online presence, creating a social identity on the offensive is also smart and I would have to agree with Adam's comment on this.  Students NEED to check out to stand out to potential employers.  You can even include a quick link or QR code to your profile page on your resume and employers will be blown away.  I know from experience.  :)

Posted on December 24th 2012 at 9:40PM

I am a professional and thePortfolium is something I wish I had access to when I was in school.  I am an avid user of this site and post exploratory surgeries, academics, athletics, volunteer groups, and other things I am proud to share that need no curating!  Even as a professional, I still need to maintain my Facebook page so thank you for the great advice!  Happy Holidays everyone!

Dr. Rothman, DVM

Posted on December 26th 2012 at 2:36AM

It is very important to use Facebook's privacy settings, especially when you are looking for a job.  You never know who is looking at your profile and how it may affect your future.  Make sure to post appropriate content to both yours and your friends' pages as well; you don't want your inside joke to be misconstrued by others who do not understand it. 

Posted on April 20th 2013 at 7:45AM

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