You’ve read all the advice about locking your Facebook account down so recruiters and HR professionals can’t look at it. You’ve done that. Now you’re free to cut loose. Right?
Not so fast. Look at your Friends list. Do you see any current or former colleagues there? Classmates? People who might refer you to your next job?
Would You Refer an “Unfollowed” Facebook Friend to a Job?
Then think about the friends who have annoyed you enough on Facebook to cause you to hide their posts from your feed. What are the odds you would refer any of them to a job? I will guess your answer is, “Zero to low.”
Facebook Packs a Double Career Punch or Offers a Double Benefit
Your Facebook posts can hurt or help your career in four ways:
1. They can annoy your friends so much that they wouldn’t even think about referring you to a job opportunity (the main topic of this post).
2. They can keep you top of mind in a good way so that your friends remember you and want to refer you to job opportunities.
3. They can repel recruiters, hiring managers, HR professionals, and background checkers so much that they won’t consider hiring you.
4. They can show the same people you would be a great cultural fit in their organization.
Because of this, you don’t want to be unfollowed. But can you avoid it?
Can You Avoid Being Unfollowed?
First, accept that you will hide some people and some people will hide you. Facebook helps us get to know each other. Sometimes we find out we don’t have much in common. Even so, we’d probably still give each other referrals for appropriate jobs. Don’t worry about those unfollows.
Second, know that you can avoid being unfollowed by keeping your annoying posts to a low or no level.
Read on to see if you recognize any of these hideable types:
10 Annoying Facebook Posts People Hide
1. The Hater.
The Hater might be a racist or a political demagogue. They’re so wrapped up in spewing their personal truth that only another hater would refer them to a job opportunity.
2. The Troll.
The Troll consistently picks online fights and is nasty to others. Wouldn’t you love to work with them? See more about a troll here.
3. The Marketer.
The Marketer friended you so they can promote their company and sell its products and services to you. They’ve put you in a custom group. You’ll never get to know them personally, and they hid your posts from their feed right after you accepted their invitation.
4. The Egoist
The Egoist posts an inordinate number of selfies and other shots where they figure prominently. They often accompany their photos with a blizzard of hashtags. As if that’s not enough, they supplement their photo stream with humble and overt brags.
5. The Over-Sharer
The Over-Sharer doesn’t know when to stop posting. While this is a subjective measure, you know it when you see it.
6. The Passionist
Like the Over-Sharer, except the bulk of the Passionist’s posts follow a single hobby, cause, etc.
7. The TMI-ist
The TMI-ist shares details of their life you Don’t Want to Know.
8. The Addict
Again, a subjective measure, but you will hide the Addict when you see one too many glasses of wine, joints, etc.
9. The Revenge Seeker
The Revenge Seeker publicly escalates an interpersonal conflict to Facebook to embarrass the person who has wronged them.
10. The Birthday Phantom
The Birthday Phantom visits Facebook once a year to bask in their birthday greetings, say a quick “thanks,” and split. You know they know how to find the site, but they don’t make the effort to wish others a happy birthday.
While we’re all likely some of these people some of the time, it’s the relentless, consistent theme that will make your friends hide you and take you off their referral lists. Don’t be THAT person!
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Updated May 2017
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