Facebook is probably one of the most popular websites in the world right now and it is definitely the leader in social media. If you don’t have a Facebook account in today’s social climate you are considered at least a little bit ‘odd’. With so much going on in Facebook, from status updates to videos and photos, you can feel like your data and contributions are getting lost. However, your messages are clearly getting seen. In fact, according to Status Labs CEO Darius Fisher, the posts you make on social media could lead directly to problems in the work place. Status Labs is a reputation management company that compiled a list of tips for Facebook users who want to keep their professional life secure while still engaging with Facebook.
Assume your comments are public.
The easiest way to keep your Facebook page from landing you in any hot water, according to Status Labs, is to make the assumption that all of your posts are public and can be read by potential colleagues and bosses. Does this thought make you uncomfortable? Well, if you make a habit of making controversial or divisive statements then it very well could. Darius Fisher suggests using this line of thinking before making a potentially controversial post in order to double check if you really should make the comment.
Create a public profile.
Hiring managers WILL end up looking for your social media accounts during the hiring process. Just about anyone who has a vested interest in you will eventually try to find you on Facebook. SO make their job easier by creating a public Facebook page that is MEANT to be found. This public page will let you put your best foot forward. Upload a professional headshot, network with similar professionals and colleagues, and keep your posts at least tangentially related to your industry. Nothing will make a hiring manager happy like seeing a potential employee with their presence under control.
Status Labs specializes in brand and reputation management on the internet and they have clients spanning the globe. From politicians and celebrities to athletes and public officials, Status Labs can help you keep your web presence carefully sculpted.