Social Media Scrubbing: How To Get Clean
In case you haven’t noticed the competition for gainful employment in America is fierce … and getting fiercer. Which means job applicants need to be looking for every possible competitive advantage.
That includes making sure there are no potential land mines in their social media history …
In the age of instant information and immediate sharing, sometimes we click the “send” button before stopping to think about what we’re putting out into the universe. Just ask our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) – who was born without a filter and as a result will be virtually unemployable in the event this website ever goes belly-up and he has to find a real job.
Fifteen years ago – in the age before internet – it was easier to keep embarrassing self-revelations private. Now everyone has access to the power of Google.
Nearly every part of our lives takes place online now – including college applications, job applications and even our most cherished personal relationships. It’s wonderful to be able to connect so quickly and easily – but this simplicity isn’t always a good thing.
Especially not when we “overshare.”
Socially Clean (sociallyclean.com) - a tool designed to permanently erase all racy, questionable and inappropriate content on your Facebook profile – is one solution you might want to check out. In fact you might want to check it out sooner rather than later now that Facebook has made it so everyone’s profile can be found just by entering your name.
Oversharing has almost become an addiction to some – and when it comes to your work environment, it can really present a problem. Whether you’re currently employed or on the hunt for a new job, it’s important to monitor the image you’re presenting through your Facebook profile.
For example if you’re looking for work, you’d better be sure your public status updates and photos are in line with the ideal candidate image you’re projecting in your carefully-worded cover letters and resume. The truth is nearly 40 percent of employers check Facebook (and other social media profiles) prior to making hiring decisions. According to surveys, 57 percent of employers are looking to determine whether a candidate presents him or herself professionally online.
Most employers aren’t trolling your posts hoping to find a reason not to give you a job – they’re just doing their due-diligence. Still, you shouldn’t be surprised if those public pictures of you doing a keg stand prompted the law office you’re hoping to work for to take another applicant more seriously.
If you’re currently employed there are also some tips to bear in mind. For example complaining about your boss is a definite no-no, but so are those “I’m so bored at work!” and “Gosh, my co-workers are such idiots!” status updates.
If the job you have is one that you’d like to keep, it’s important to keep things professional online. Especially if you’re hoping to move up the ranks at your current company.
Maintaining a professional Facebook profile is easy with Socially Clean. You can narrow results by specific keywords, and delete all instances of a specific word. Search by a specific keyword (e.g. “work”, “boss”, “co-worker” or “job”) and Socially Clean deletes only those posts.
You could conceivably take the time to go back and manually delete all those posts from 2007, or you could log on to Socially Clean and clean up facebook timeline instantly.
Check it out … it may be too late for our founding editor, but Socially Clean can help you in your bid to land (or keep) your dream job.
For more information on cleaning up your facebook timeline visit: www.SociallyClean.com