Facebook fun or job killer?

IF YOU can't figure out why you never seem to land the job you're chasing, maybe you should take a look at your Facebook profile - because it's very likely that your potential manager will be.

As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, it seems Bundaberg employers are putting down the CVs and pulling the keyboard close in an effort to cut down the interview pool.

One manager, who wished to remain anonymous, told the NewsMail that Google and Facebook had become invaluable tools when making a short list of potential employees.

"People are really doing themselves a disservice if they have a public Facebook page that potential employers are using as another screening method," she said.

"You are judging their character by that page."

The Bundaberg-based boss said things that made her think less of potential employees included badmouthing other people or businesses on their page, if they swore a lot or if they posted inappropriate photos.

Damien Ferguson, social media expert and co-owner of Purple Hive Media, said more and more employers were going online to investigate potential staff.

"The pages that people like really do help employers to determine a person's character," he said.

"Lately we've really noticed these soft porn-type pages popping up and just think what a potential employer would think if they'd seen you liked those pages."

Mr Ferguson said people needed to think about their image before posting comments, photos or liking pages online.

"Watch your spelling and keep it clean," he said.

"Don't put up anything you wouldn't want your grandma to see."



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