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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.


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  • Apr 20 Posted 3 years ago dinny

    Yes, that is something to discuss about since many college students still don't realize how harmful a wrong and neglected Facebook account can be. I also found few trick on how to make your account look very good on few writing websites. This is a current matter and it should interest us all. The internet can do us a lot of good but also a lot of harm.

  • Qnary's picture
    Dec 25 Posted 4 years ago Qnary

    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. 

  • Dr_Rothman's picture
    Dec 24 Posted 4 years ago Dr_Rothman

    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

  • Shaun_Menashe's picture
    Dec 24 Posted 4 years ago Shaun_Menashe

    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.  :)

  • Adam Markowitz's picture
    Dec 24 Posted 4 years ago Adam Markowitz

    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.

  • Brian_Skinnell's picture
    Dec 24 Posted 4 years ago Brian_Skinnell

    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. 

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