5 Things You Should Update on Social Media Before Applying for a Job

Even though social media is a great way to share your life and connect with friends and family, there be certain risks that come with it. One of the biggest risks is that your content can be seen by anyone – even your employer. Take some time this week to review and update your social media sites to prevent exposure to embarrassing, distasteful or unprofessional content.

Here are some ideas on what to update:

Privacy settings

Having your pages locked down for only those who you are “friends” or “connected” with is a great option and I highly suggest it. If you don’t have it locked down already, I advise you do so until you have a clean-out session to get rid of all the dicey content. Once you’ve cleaned up your pages, unlock your settings but only after you’re certain you’ve sifted through e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Keeping your profiles locked down for friends or connections is still a viable option regardless!


Profile picture

If you decide to keep your pages visible be sure to do a lot of scrubbing! The first thing to update is your profile picture since employers will see it first. Make sure your picture is tasteful and appropriate. The more professional the better!

Here are some things to exclude from your profile picture:

  • Bathing/swim suits
  • Cleavage
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Clubbing/party pictures
  • Gestures (flipping the bird, sticking tongue out, etc.)

Posts and Pictures

Your posts and pictures show what kind of person you are. When cleaning up your pages, get rid of anything that could make you look like a risky employee. Posts containing content like complaining about your job or boss, telling company/client confidential information, using profanity or posting offensive videos/pictures should be removed ASAP! Present the image online that you would want to have in the office.


Contact email

Email will be the main source of contact between you and your employer, so make sure the email address you currently use is not lame or embarrassing. It’s simple to create a new account, so just do it! Addresses that contain your first and last name are always a good place to start. If you need to add numbers PLEASE leave out the year you were born or graduated high school or college.

18 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Update on Social Media Before Applying for a Job

  1. This was very helpful especially the posts and pictures because this is very true we are what we post on social media somehow it reflect on us so we have to be very cautious at times.

  2. Such important things to take into consideration! I don’t think a lot of people realize they should do these things, but having a degree in PR, I am taught from day one how important these things are.

  3. I know that some potential employees did not get jobs where I work because their FB pages were checked and they had some less than acceptable info on there

  4. I know that some potential employees did not get interviews where I work because their FB pages were checked and they did not have appropriate content.

    • Wow!! That is exactly why I posted this! There’s been sooo many candidates that recruiters have looked up, but didn’t funnel them thru to next steps simply because of their social media profile! Being in HR we see a lot of that.

  5. Cleaning up your social profiles is so important! I will say though, it’s so exhausting to constantly monitor what you put on social media and ensuring that it won’t make you look bad in the employers. I just want to live my life sometimes haha!

    • Yep! In HR, one of the first things we do is search for the candidates online profile and check them out. & I especially believe that about your ISD. After all, you are representing the school. ❤️ thanks for your comment!

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