During the hiring process, many more companies check out a job applicant's social media--including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter--than you would think. Posts that we didn't think twice about--like the smiling, carefree photo at a friend's birthday bash, or the candid of a summer beach outing--often get scrutinized and judged to determine any possible issues with an applicant.
Here are 7 things that make your Facebook page extremely unprofessional--so much so that a potential employer might take you off the short list of candidates.
1. Hateful language
In recent news, there have been a number of reports of people losing their jobs over hateful or racist speech on social media. These days, whatever you publish becomes accessible to everyone--so make sure that you're always putting your best face forward and keep the hate speech off your page.
2. Misogynistic behavior
These days, there's also a much lower tolerance for inequality between the sexes. Following offensive patriarchal habits or customs is definitely a sure way to turn off prospective recruiters--especially if they are women.
3. Sloppy photos
Cleaning up your feed is always a good thing. Nobody wants to see the drunken photos from your college keg party days, or your grainy selfies from a night out with friends. Include things that you're proud of, and professional to boot.
While Facebook is growing more and more political by the day, it's still a bit awkward to read long tirades about the political hot potato du jour on anyone's page. Make sure you keep your statuses on private, or delete the rants altogether.
5. Overly personal posts
It's good to be honest, but there are some things that are meant for people on the Internet, and others that are meant for those off it. Expressing a ton of emotion, especially about personal topics like mental health and traumatic stories, are great for sharing with friends if you feel comfortable--but not so great for future employers to know.
6. Revealing photos
All of us have shown some skin at some point, but we surely don't want those who are thinking about hiring us to see those photos as well. Either remove them from your Facebook profile, or make sure they're on a very private setting.
7. Your likes and interests
We're sometimes able to show to the public things we've liked, or groups we've joined on Facebook. Be careful that these "likes" don't reflect poorly on you, or your work style and productivity.