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What Employers Don’t Want to See on Your Facebook Profile

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Photo by Mashable.

In today’s day and age, social media is a major way job applicants learn more about employers – but it’s a two-way street. Many employers, including our staff at Financial Professionals, screen job seekers by looking at their Facebook profiles. The practice is becoming more common. Based on a survey conducted lasts year, CareerBuilder.com found that 37% of employers use social networks to screen potential job candidates. Many employers use social media to learn a little bit more about his or her qualifications. Of course, candidates’ resumes, cover letters and interpersonal skills weigh heavily on whether or not employers think a job applicant is the right person for the job — but companies and agencies will review candidates’ digital presence to learn if the person behind the resume presents his or herself in a professional manner online, as well as in real life. 

Sometime we find discover things that aren’t always pretty. Those embarrassing photos you posted on Facebook of yourself the other night – we see those. Those cuss words you used to describe your former boss in your last update – we read that, too. The last thing employers want to see if someone’s provocative or inappropriate party photos, chronicling a night of getting drunk and acting like they’re a rock star. Those are not the quality applicants we like present to our employers. When you’re competing against several applicants who all have an equally strong skill set, the content on your Facebook profile could be the thing that sets you apart.

Take a lesson from us and make sure that if you’re searchable online, you’re not sharing too much. Here’s how to keep things professional on Facebook.

Make your profile photo a picture of you

No matter how tight you’ve set your privacy settings, your profile photo is the one thing everybody sees. A photo of your dog or of a cartoon character isn’t the best representation of you.

Think twice before posting offensive status updates

Take a deep breath the next time you think about posting something obscene, obnoxious or even controversial. Employers are looking for people they can respect – so only show your best side by posting things you don’t have to explain later.

Have someone you trust scan your profile for red flags 

Sometimes it’s easy to miss those little details that reflect your checkered past. For example, you might’ve thought it was cool to post those photos of you partying when you were in college – but they’re not so funny if you and your friends were drinking underage. Keep anything incriminating off of Facebook, even if it isn’t recent.

Have questions about our recruiting, screening or testing? Feel free to email us today.

Priscilla Stricker

Priscilla is the Managing Partner who oversees operations, staffing and business development for Financial Professionals. She has 15+ years' experience in the staffing industry, which has allowed her a successful career of finding the right fit for clients as well as candidates. Specialties have included banking, commercial real estate, title, mortgage, accounting and financial positions at all levels.

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Networking for the Job: What a Tech-Savvy New Schooler Should Know

Think of how much easier it is to find the “prime connection” for your dream job. It probably takes less than 5 seconds to search on Linkedin for the “Loan Operations Manager” of XYZ Bank, learn about whom you would be interviewing with, then craft your perfect sales pitch. However, it wasn’t always that way – at one point all you had was a telephone, a phone book, and maybe a lunch spot in mind to meet. You definitely had to try harder. But there were some key things that still carry through the generations.

Knowledge of the Industry. Nothing breaks the ice better than a passion for the job. Show the employer you’re an encyclopedia of knowledge and not afraid to share it. This makes people confident to spend their time hearing you out.

Personal persistence. Back in the day, people got on the phone and called their job leads to touch base and follow up. Today, you can email or message anywhere in the world, but it’s not as personal as a one-on-one conversation. Even our agency, Financial Professionals, encourages a phone call.

People make the decision. The bottom line is that there’s a real human being that will make the decision. Know when to be personable, but also know how to express your wish to be hired and leave it at that. As long as you respect others’ time, you will come out on top.

Erika Boswell

Erika Boswell is Vice President of Recruiting at Financial Professionals, a Dallas-based financial staffing agency. With a background in Marketing and Management, Erika uses her expertise to place prospective job candidates and seasoned talent where they belong in the financial industry.

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Keep an Eye on Your Virtual Resume

Social Network Background Checks

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Your social media activity is your online fingerprint and it can speak volumes about you to an employer. Increasingly more HR departments and employment agencies are performing background checks on a candidate’s online presence, so don’t let your activities lock you out of your highest potential job.

A large misconception is that adjusting privacy settings will keep prying eyes away. There are still some activities visible regardless of settings, such as groups you belong to on Facebook. Social media is a powerful tool and even after you have cleaned up your act, be careful about posting rants to your friends. Don’t be surprised if even your ‘friend’ copy/pasted your complaint, and slid it anonymously under the boss’ office door (I’ve seen this happen).

Also, Twitter usernames are no exception. As Managing Partner for a financial industry recruiter, a candidate whose Twitter name is @hotlips will raise flags, no matter how qualified the resume is.

Scouring your social media sites may not be enough. Before you apply for a job or approach a recruiter, Google your name and city to see the virtual breadcrumbs you left behind. Data collection sites can paint a public picture using online sources you visit and even your online photo albums. Most of these sites allow you to request that the information be removed, however not everything can be removed from the internet. In 2010 the Library of Congress bought the archive to any tweet on the web.

As more recruiters turn to social media as their recruiting tool of choice, protecting your virtual resume is crucial. So think twice — If a post is not something you could share with your parents, then it is probably not appropriate for an employer either.

Miki Rose

Miki Rose is the Managing Partner at Financial Professionals, a Dallas-based recruiting agency specializing in financial jobs. Miki leads client relationships and business decisions that position Financial Professionals as a top staffing source for the southern US region.

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