Facebook Cleaning Tips For The Job/College Hunt

In the world of social networking sites Facebook is one of the Kings.  Facebook can be an excellent way to keep up with old high school friends or to see how you favorite camp counselor is doing in college.

But it can also be a serious handicap when you are applying for four year colleges and permanent jobs.  Though there are many social sites out there the one that is most likely to be checked by future employers is Facebook.

Here are some tips to prepare your profile for it’s judgement day.

  1. Keep your profile pictures up-beat and happy.  You don’t want the first picture that can be viewed on your profile to be you drinking at your spring break get away when you were still three years short of being legally able to drink.
  2. Limit the application quizzes that tell you how good you are in bed or what your stripper name is.
  3. Eliminate drinking and girls/boys or anything that is similar from your Interests section.
  4. Remove the “Random Play” option on your “What You Are Looking For” section.
  5. Take the “Legalize Pot” application off of your profile.
  6. Try to refrain from dropping the f-bomb or other offensive words anywhere in your status or on your profile.
  7. Highlight all of the good things that you do.  Talk about your siblings or children.
  8. Show pictures of events where you helped out.
  9. Mention awards that you have received somewhere on your profile.
  10. Be sure to untag the unflattering pictures that your friends post and keep up with new ones.

About Sarah Polan

Sarah Polan entered New River Community College in the summer of 2008 at age 16 after being homeschooled her entire life. She had already been a member of the Roanoke Times "Edge" staff for two years at that point. Sarah came to New River with the dream of rebuilding the long forgotten school newspaper and with the help and encouragement of Janet Hanks and the IT staff, the online Knight Rider was born. Sarah has served as editor and contributing writer for three semesters and continues to coordinate and produce the e-paper biweekly. She also edits an on-line national publication for the Boy Scouts of America Southern Region Venturing division and will be contributing an article to the nationally published Scouting magazine blog. She has also provided a student blog post to the student organization VA21. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling in search of her dream college which she will transfer to next year.
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