6 Career-killing Facebook Mistakes

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by TraderTactics, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. With more than 400 million active visitors, Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking site out there. And while the site is known for the casual social aspect, many users also use it as a professional networking tool. With that kind of reach, Facebook can be a valuable tool for connecting to former and current colleagues, clients and potential employers. In fact, surveys suggest that approximately 30% of employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees — even more than those who check LinkedIn, a strictly professional social networking site. Don't make these Facebook faux-pas — they might cost you a great opportunity.

    1. Inappropriate Pictures

    It may go without saying, but prospective employers or clients don't want to see pictures of you chugging a bottle of wine or dressed up for a night at the bar. Beyond the pictures you wouldn't want your grandparents to see, seemingly innocent pictures of your personal life will likely not help to support the persona you want to present in your professional life.

    2. Complaining About Your Current Job

    You've no doubt done this at least once. It could be a full note about how much you hate your office, or how incompetent your boss is, or it could be as innocent as a status update about how your coworker always shows up late. While everyone complains about work sometimes, doing so in a public forum where it can be found by others is not the best career move. Though it may seem innocent, it's not the kind of impression that sits well with a potential boss.

    3. Posting Conflicting Information to Your Resume

    If you say on your resume that your degree is from Harvard, but your Facebook profile says you went to UCLA, you're likely to be immediately cut from the interview list. Even if the conflict doesn't leave you looking better on your resume, disparities will make you look at worst like a liar, and at best careless.

    4. Statuses You Wouldn't Want Your Boss to See

    Everyone should know to avoid statuses like "Tom plans to call in sick tomorrow so he can get drunk on a Wednesday. Who cares that my big work project isn't done?" But you should also be aware of less flamboyant statuses like "Sarah is watching the gold medal hockey game online at her desk". Statuses that imply you are unreliable, deceitful, and basically anything that doesn't make you look as professional as you'd like, can seriously undermine your chances at landing that new job.

    5. Not Understanding Your Security Settings

    The security settings on Facebook have come a long way since the site started. It is now possible to customize lists of friends and decide what each list can and cannot see. However, many people do not fully understand these settings, or don't bother to check who has access to what. If you are going to use Facebook professionally, and even if you aren't, make sure you take the time to go through your privacy options. At the very least, your profile should be set so that people who are not your friend cannot see any of your pictures or information.

    6. Losing by Association

    You can't control what your friends post to your profile (although you can remove it once you see it), nor what they post to their own profiles or to those of mutual friends. If a potential client or employer sees those Friday night pictures your friend has tagged you in where he is falling down drunk, it reflects poorly on you, even if the picture of you is completely innocent. It's unfortunate, but we do judge others by the company they keep, at least to some extent. Take a look at everything connected to your profile, and keep an eye out for anything you wouldn't want to show your mother.

    Facebook Can Help You Get Hired … or Fired

    The best advice is to lock down your personal profile so that only friends you approve can see anything on that profile. Then, create a second, public profile on Facebook purely for professional use. This profile functions like an online resume, and should only contain information you'd be comfortable telling your potential employer face to face. Having a social networking profile is a good thing — it presents you as technologically and professionally savvy. Just make sure your profile is helping to present your best side — not the side that got drunk at your buddy's New Year's party.
  2. Imo, this is all very important. Oth, if everyone who applies for a job is a facebook fuck up employers will not have much choice.

    Brings me back to my younger days, there was a bar fight, the barmaid was going to call the cops. I said, "I'm outta here, I might be a Senator one day and don't want this shit on my record".

    Next day when I went back to the bar everyone called me "The Senator". Oh look here comes the "Senator". It was a crack up.
  3. Great post! And very accurate...I've seen it happen to multiple people already.
  4. Baron

    Baron ET Founder

    The biggest mistake that people make on Facebook is using Facebook for professional reasons. If you co-mingle your personal and professional contacts, it will inevitably cause you to look over your shoulder wondering what your work contacts are going to think about some of your beach party pics. When that co-mingling of personal friends and work contacts happens, the whole thing just gets weird IMO.

    Facebook should be for communicating with friends and family members, and that's it.

    For professional networking, a much more suitable site is LinkedIn.
  5. Words of wisdom...
  6. It amazes me how people can't figure this stuff out own their own.
  7. Pekelo


    What Baron said is true, but the OP's point still valid, your profile can be looked up if you aren't careful and whatever information you shared there it is going to be public knowledge that might negatively effect your hireability...

    The advice is mostly for young people who are just at the beginning of their carrier.
  8. That should also be a big reason why you'll continue to make a lot of money into the future. :( :D
  9. That is very true..and I don't understand why? They can create Facebook account for their personal use and one for business or professional..and I don't understand why some people mix them..that is just not right.
  10. good advice. one of my friends is a 28 year old school teacher. she is very attractive and her FB has pics of her at a halloween party. well, you know how 28 year old women dress on halloween right?

    i didn't tell her to take down those pics because i enjoy looking at them, but if i were her relative or if she were ugly, i'd tell her not to post stuff like that.

    btw, i wish i had teachers like that when i was in middle school and high school :(
    #10     Apr 16, 2010