Etiquette Tip of the Week: Last check before the offer

Another story from an employer.  The company was getting ready to tender an offer to a young man who just graduated from college.  The last step in the process was a quick check of his Facebook page.

On the Facebook page, he was bragging about his third DUI.  The offer was never offered.

“Never” is not completely accurate — the offer went to the next candidate, whose Facebook page checked out.

If you are going to be on Facebook, what positive things can you do while growing your career?

  • Show you can communicate in complete sentences.
  • Have pictures with friends who don’t have beers in their hands.
  • Stay out of politics — unless you plan to spend the rest of your life in politics.
  • Wear clothes.  Not swimsuits.
  • Let some of the activities on your resume be reflected in your Facebook content.

The most important part: don’t put everything out there.  A little mystery makes a person interesting. When you publish everything you do, think and feel, your mystery is history.

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