If you use Facebook (or MySpace, LinkedIn, or any other social network), then you should be aware of the many implications that your posts could have on your professional image. There are countless stories of employees who are fired when their employer learns of content on the employee’s Facebook page. Courts have held that Facebook profiles are discoverable in lawsuits. So, although there is no way to ensure entirely that your content is off limits all of the time, the very least you can do is set your privacy settings to get prevent most of the issues most of the time.
If you aren’t sure that you actually know how to set your privacy settings in Facebook, then you should jump over to The Lawyerist, which has an outstanding post that provides step-by-step instructions for achieving the level of privacy most desirable for professionals. If, on the other hand, you’re more interested in the other side of the coin and want to know how you can view Facebook pages of job applicants, candidates, or employees, then you should watch our video on YouTube that walks you through that process.
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