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3 Facebook Mistakes that could kill your Career.

Many employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees and do background checks, more than they rely on referees and former work colleagues. This comes even as a recent survey shows that your Facebook likes are a likely predictor to your behavior, political leanings and your outlook of life. Here are three Facebook mistakes that you can easily avoid in order to push your career forward.

1. Complaining About Your Current Job
No matter how much you hate your boss, or how incompetent you consider your boss to be, it’s not appropriate to post it on your Facebook wall. While everyone complains about work sometimes, doing so in a public forum where it can be found by others is not the best career move. Although it may seem innocent, it's not the kind of impression that a potential boss will be comfortable with.

2. False Profile Information
We live in an age of instant gratification, and we all want to appear like we have it all. If we see our friend posting that they have just shopped at a mall in Westlands, we also want to follow up with an equally captivating update. However, presenting yourself as someone you are not will likely backfire, and might be
captured during the interview stage if you are lucky enough to get past the screening of the CVs.

3. Bad Security Settings
If you are going to use Facebook professionally, and even if you aren't, make sure you take the time to go through your privacy options. The best advice is to lock down your personal profile so that only friends you approve can see anything on that profile. Then, create a second, public profile on Facebook purely for professional use. This profile functions like an online CV, and should only contain information you would be comfortable telling your potential employer in real life.

In summary;
Remember that Facebook could easily help you get hired if you use it correctly, but conversely, just as well get you fired if you use it badly.

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