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We’ve talked about the dreaded social media background check before, but things have become a lot more serious lately. Instead of secretly stalking, some employers are now asking potential employees to hand over their Facebook passwords. If you ever find yourself in this situation, you DON’T have to hand over your password. But if you’re starting to feel extra paranoid about how your social media presence will jibe with your job search, here are some precautions you can take.
Hide Yourself From Public Searches.
Go to Privacy Settings>Apps and Websites>Edit Settings>Public Search>Edit Settings. Make sure the “Enable public search” box is unchecked. Now anyone who Googles you will not see your personal Facebook profile in the results.
Close Off Your Profile to Friends Only.
A potential employer could have a friend of a friend in common with you. Under Privacy Settings>How You Connect, be sure “Friends” are selected for all categories. Now only Facebook users who are already your friend can access your profile.
Take Control of Your Photos.
At the very least, make sure your profile picture is appropriate. Take it a step further by untagging yourself from unflattering photos. Finally, under each of your photo albums, click the down arrow and make sure only “Friends” are selected and not “Public.”
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