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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Monday, June 12, 2017

"How to make sure your Facebook profile is job-hunt ready"

Jun. 5, 2017 "How to make sure your Facebook profile is job-hunt ready": I found this article by Lauren Marinigh in the Metro on Jan. 5, 2015:

You have heard it time and time again: be aware of what you’re posting on Facebook, because once it’s out there, there is no turning back.

Employers are becoming more and more socially active, so doing a social media screening before even contacting you for an interview is now standard practice.

How do you make sure that your Facebook profile is job-hunt ready? Here are some tips.


Start with the obvious: delete everything off your Facebook profile you wouldn’t want an employer to see.

Photos are the best place to start. While they may remain in Google search results for a while, getting unprofessional photos off your profile stops them from going any further.

Go through all your albums, notes and pages that you have liked as well. Make sure to remove anything you wouldn’t want people outside your friend circle to stumble upon.

Also go through your friends and see who has tagged you in photos that you no longer want to be posted, request they take them down, and un-tag yourself.


Go through the list of connections you’ve collected over the years on Facebook. Un-friend anyone that may make you look bad.

Just because your profile may be closed and private, that doesn’t mean theirs is.

A good rule of thumb to start cleaning your friend list out: think about the last time you talked to them. If you can’t remember when, where or why, it’s probably time to go.

Update your privacy settings

Leaving privacy settings on “default” will likely open your Facebook profile to the outside world.

Go through each setting within your privacy settings and make sure they are set to the appropriate setting.

Make sure that non-friends only have access to information you want to share.

Double-check your privacy settings each time you post, as some posts can default to appearing to all users, not just your network.

With Facebook’s constant updates, it’s hard to keep track of how these settings may change.

Keeping your Facebook profile clear of anything that may halt a hiring manager is key to career success.

Don’t ignore it and hope no one checks — you may be forgetting something that you posted years ago.

Always give your Facebook profile a regular scan through, and update.

Make it a regular part of curating your online presence.

Think first, post later

Although it’s impossible to go back and tell yourself not to post something, you can exercise some caution moving forward.

Think about your goals as a job-seeker or professional before you post anything. This includes photos, wall posts on friends’ walls, statuses, etc.

If you wouldn’t want an employer to read it, don’t post it.

Set up your timeline and tagging settings so that you will have to approve anything you are posted in before it goes up on your profile.
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Jun. 12, 2017 My opinion: I bumped into my friend M who used to work at my 1st restaurant job.  She says she's not on Facebook anymore and how she changed her email address.  She studied to be a cop at MacEwan and is now working as a security guard.  She plans to work for a yr to get references and experience.

Then she will apply to be a cop at the Edmonton Police Services.

The above article was good.  I did think about: "What about all those YouTube comments that I copy and pasted about the Dateline: To Catch a Predator?" 

I didn't write those comments.  Other people made those comments and I copy and pasted them onto my blog.

"Email, internet remain top workplace tools: study": Also in the Metro:

The Pew Research Center found 61 percent of those surveyed cited email as “very important” for their jobs and 54 percent said the same for the Internet.

The figures were even higher for office-based workers.

More than one in three surveyed said the landline phone was an important tool for work, compared with 24 percent for a mobile or smartphone.

And despite the rise of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, just four percent in the survey said these platforms were important for the workplace.

“Email is to the digital age what stone-sharpening tools were in the prehistoric age,” said Lee Rainie, director of Internet, science, and technology research at the Pew Center.

“Email has proven its worth on the job as the foundational ‘social media’ day by day even as rival technologies arise.

“It was the killer app 45 years ago for the early Arpanet and it continues to rule workplaces despite threats like spam and phishing and competitors like social networking and texting.”

Contrary to concerns that technology is a distraction, the survey found 46 percent said digital tools made them more productive, compared with seven percent who said their productivity fell.

Half of the respondents said technologies allowed them to expand the number of people with whom they communicate, and 39 percent said they had more flexibility at work due to digital tools.

But one in three said the new landscape increased the time they spent working.

The importance of email in the workplace has been documented for some time. In 2002, Pew Research Internet surveys showed that 61 percent of American workers were using email at work and in 2008, reported that 62 percent of working US adults were “networked,” meaning they used the Internet or email in the workplace.

– Office and away –

For office-based workers, these tools are markedly more important, Pew found: 78 percent of office workers cited email as an important tool compared with 25 percent who don’t work in an office.

And the Internet was seen as vital for 68 percent of those in an office, and 26 percent of non-office employees.

For those who work away from their main workplace, the Internet and cell phones are key tools, Pew found.

Among the nearly 60 percent of employed Internet users who go outside of the workplace at least occasionally, half say the Internet and cell phones are “very important” to allowing them to do their job.

The survey also found that nearly half — 46 percent — of employees said their workplace blocks access to certain websites or imposes rules about what they can say or post online.

One in four said their company encourages employees to use the Internet and email to promote the organization, but more than half said this was not the case.

“These respondents highlight how workplaces in the Knowledge Economy are differently organized and have different connections to customers and competitors from workplaces designed to suit the Industrial Age,” said Rainie.

The report is based on an online survey conducted September 12-18 of 1,066 adult Internet users, which included 535 employed full-time or part-time. The margin of error was estimated at 4.9 percent.


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