Facebook is an incredible place to connect with friends, communicate with your favorite brands and catch up with far-away family, but it can also work to your advantage in your career and other areas of your life if you use it correctly.
With the explosion in popularity of Facebook in recent years, it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get a job, enrolling in an online education program or applying for a law degree program, you better believe that someone is taking a look at your Facebook page. Thus, it is imperative to present yourself on Facebook in a respectable manner.
Clean Up Your Photos
The first thing that people see when they look at your Facebook page is your pictures, so that is the first area to clean up and make sure looks polished. If you have pictures of you and your friends out on the town partying or embarrassing pictures of yourself you might be hurting your chances of networking successfully. Remove any comprising pictures, and replace them with respectable images that represent your life in an honorable way. Keep in mind that any picture you put on the internet is essentially there forever.
Clean Up Your Content
Next to the importance of pictures is the importance of content. The information you provide on your Facebook page gives visitors insight into your life. They will see your likes, dislikes, group associations, activities, interests, and will essentially get a feel for who you are. In essence, feel free to talk about your recent camping trip, but leave out the fact that you consumed far too much alcohol or participated in otherwise comprising activities. Be mindful of every piece of information you put on the site, keeping in mind that once you put something on the internet, it is on there forever, even if you delete it!
Highlight the Positives
It is also very important to highlight your positive qualities and accomplishments that would make you a great fit for any potential employers or school recruiters. Join Facebook groups of volunteer organizations you have worked with before, and be sure to list any relevant groups you are involved with to maximize your appeal to those looking at your page to get an idea of the person you really are.
Also, don’t speak negatively about groups or associations because you never know the loyalties the recruiter or employer looking at your page may have.
Whatever you do, just be sure to be very selective over what type of information and pictures end up on your page because it can be more influential than you probably think!