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Facebook Do's and Dont's

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Monday, December 6, 2010
Facebook. We all love it, or used to love it, but now more than ever is the time to realize that what you post online can come back to haunt you. First and foremost you should be aware of your privacy settings, and keep them as tight as possible. If you’re not sure how specific setttings affect how you appear in searches, ask a friend to check it out for you and then return the favor.

Every time you update your status, or post pictures, or write something on your friend’s wall, take a moment to think about how those things might be perceived by a potential employer. Just assume that anyone you network with could pontentially look you up. You should never say anything offensive, or allude to details of your personal life that you don’t want the whole world to know. And in case you haven’t already heard this a thousand times, you should not have ANY pictures involving alcohol where you appear drunk. Use your judgment. A photo of you sipping champagne at a fancy New Year’s Eve party is probably ok, but holding a solo cup while you play your fourth round of beer pong is not.

Also, make sure you have all of your bases covered when it comes to protecting your online image. You might be vigilant about keeping your Facebook profile clean, but that doesn’t mean that your friends will be equally mindful. Talk to your friends, explain that your career goals make it especially important to keep certain things off of Facebook, and ask them to respect those boundaries. It’s as simple as "please don’t tag me in the pictures from your birthday bar crawl, or post comments about what happened that night.” You’ll be amazed at how cool your friends will be about it.

Facebook can be fun and an easy networking tool, but proceed with caution. When you land your dream job, you’ll be glad you did.

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