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There will be plenty of challenges to consider with the slow roll-out of updates to the world's largest social network affecting millions of people.
More than 18.4 million Americans have used Facebook to find a job. Facebook Timeline poses new obstacles for current adults looking for work.
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How can the Timeline mess up an existing job search? Here are three things job seekers should avoid doing on Facebook Timeline.
Thousands of users are making it clear that they hate Facebook Timeline, especially in their status updates. Complaining about Facebook Timeline -- among other things -- will lead people to think you will not be able to handle the little things once you get a job.
Employers are Googling you to get a first impression of who you are and what you will be like at the company. The virtual complaining can come back and haunt you.
Refusing to Adjust, Take Advantage of New Things
It should be abundantly clear that Facebook Timeline is different, which can be a good thing. If you review Facebook’s introduction page, you’ll find that Timeline offers some pretty neat new features including a cover image, the ability to highlight a story and full app integration.
Job seekers should take advantage of these new features to tell a more complete story about themselves. Your Facebook Timeline should be considered an online brochure for your personal brand and what you can bring to the table.
Every time Facebook (or other social media platforms, for that matter) makes any structural changes, there is a group of people who simply won’t stand for it. This is a huge mistake. Why? Refusing to adjust means that you are likely to miss out on opportunities.
Put yourself in an employer’s shoes: If you came across a candidate who stuck to their guns and wouldn’t adjust to changes on a simple thing like Facebook, what do you think they’ll do at work? Visions of future employees protesting new filing systems or office suppliers are not good.
Neglecting to Edit
One caveat of Timeline is that the past is a whole lot more accessible. Privacy settings remain the same, but many users’ content will go all the way back to 2006 or earlier. Would you want to be held to everything you said six years ago? I know I don’t.
A big mistake job seekers will make on Facebook Timeline is not take the time to review old content and delete the stuff that simply shouldn’t be remembered. Take a stroll down memory lane. You might find some public content that should be taken down and you might also find content that is worth uncovering.
Fortunately, Facebook is allowing users to take a seven-day grace period to hammer all those potentially regrettable posts out of sight.
What do you think? Do you think Facebook Timeline is good for the job seeker? Or can it be cause for image destruction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.