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    leave it as it is
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    massively restrict access to your profile
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    temporarily disable your account
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    Everything on my FB is private, and I dont have a picture of me on my profile bit either. If I do a search on Google of my name and general location there are couple of things that come up due to my previous job, just press/media stuff really.

    Normal facebook stuff is just fine, but Ive seen some really stupid stuff put on FB which I know has caused problems for people. There is someone I used to work with who regularly posted pictures of service users on their FB page, which is really out of order. Someone else Im aware of posts pictures of the children she works with (ages 2-5 years) on her FB/Twitter pages for publicity but I dont think she has permission from the parents to do so.

    I know its bad but I have done searches for work related people on FB just to see what they are like (not people who have applied for jobs) and some of them allow you access to everything on their page. So be careful!
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    nope, but thats only for part time ones. full time id probs restrict mine?
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    I am on a nurse degree course and we are strongly advised to avoid any inappropriate material to appear on our facebook
    Drunken photos
    Illicit material
    , tehy have ways round the security settings.Anything inappropriate could land us off the course and prevented from joining the career and it has happend a student nurse had a picture posted of her on facebook....lets just say she was worse for wear in a toilet, caught short.
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    (Original post by Ninat)
    But as long as the name isn't linked to a photo or other discriminatory details (location etc.) it could just be another person who shares your name?
    True but that depends what your name is. If you are called John Smith then you can probably get away with it. If you are called Tarquin Chundereverywhere-Smythe then you may be at more risk.

    If you google search my name, my facebook doesn't come up, but some fat irritating kid in the US who shares my name does, so I don't know if I should actually make mine come up instead, to avoid confusion!
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    (Original post by didgeridoo12uk)
    how on earth do you organise your life without facebook?
    I have everyone I need to contact's phone number. Thus, I can text. Don't get me wrong, I did have a Facebook, but deleted it a month or so ago as I found it to be more of a hinderance.
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    (Original post by noodles!)
    My security is already pretty high. I don't understand why everyone's isn't?
    I don't really understand why anyone's is to be honest. I think people take Facebook too seriously. I'm not really bothered who looks at my profile - occasionally I get the odd friend request, but that's about it. I don't see the need to have high security really, as it's not like I put my address on there or anything. "Culling" friends seems like a lot of effort as well. Also, I don't really do anything I'm ashamed of, so I'd like to think employers wouldn't be put off by anything on there, if they even look.
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    ohh dear, so i was thinking about this the other day and then at work i found out that my bosses had facebooked me [but this was just after id got the job] and my picture at the time was me pretending to lick my boob
    so yknow, they told everyone.
    ive worked there for 6 months and its never been brought up but it turns out they do look you up and just depending on where you apply they do at it different points through the process, but i dont think it really affects your employability in their eyes THAT much.
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    (Original post by supernova92)
    leave it as it is.... I already have it set so that only friends can see what's on my profile. I cannot understand why someone would disable their account because of this :lolwut:

    This.
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    deactivate account? you can reactivate it when you need too!
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    (Original post by Muffinz)
    Leave it as it is: massively restricted.
    This. It's just silly to do anything else.
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    Crap! never thought of this when applying for jobs!

    in fact i don't actually know if my fb account is restricted at all!
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    nah i open it up the guy can read my wall
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    I don't see why some would deactivate because of this! My fb page is already restricted as far as I know so there wouldn't be any need
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    (Original post by Jelkin)
    I don't really understand why anyone's is to be honest. I think people take Facebook too seriously. I'm not really bothered who looks at my profile - occasionally I get the odd friend request, but that's about it. I don't see the need to have high security really, as it's not like I put my address on there or anything. "Culling" friends seems like a lot of effort as well. Also, I don't really do anything I'm ashamed of, so I'd like to think employers wouldn't be put off by anything on there, if they even look.
    First of all, your address might not be on there but you would be amazed at what hackers can use. If you've listed your favourite films, bands and whatever else then they already know a good deal about you. It's unlikely that anyone would hack you BUT they can if you don't limit access to information.

    You may not be ashamed of anything on your profile, but I'll take a guess that you have a fair few photos of yourself socialising, no? They may not be incriminating in the sense you're holding a pint in one hand and a spliff in the other but that's not the point. The point is that employers see lots of photos of you out and about and surmise that your a busy person who doesn't focus on work. I think it's naive to do this because everyone has a social life of sorts but it happens.
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    Leave it as it is because it's already massively restricted
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    My facebook is already very restricted, i even keep my profile pic reasonable so there is no facestalking from potential employers. My mum and gran are on facebook so I can't have anything too bad anyway!
    I have checked fb profiles before when hiring people, its amazing how many people have stupid stuff on theirs!
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    My facebook is already massively restricted, by virtue of being non-existent.
 
 
 
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