When you are looking for employment, potential employers will inevitably have a look at your Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or any other social profiles.
Check your profile and make sure that what have you posted, +1, liked and shared would be the types of things that you would be comfortable with your neighbours, school teachers, doctors and employer seeing. For example sharing posts from pages such as “Awkward Stuff to Say Whilst Having Sex” may be funny, and your friends may appreciate it, would you really want this to be one of the first impressions an employer sees of you?
This can also be said for email addresses. Whilst hot_babe_doin_it_69@hotmail/gmail/yahoo7.com may be funny whilst you are in school, this isn’t the impression you want to make the first time you contact an employer. jenny.j.jones@hotmail/gmail/yahoo7.com makes a much more professional first impression.
But these first impressions are not just limited to jobseekers. Anytime you are representing a business on social you need to also be aware of this. Having potential customers seeing that you follow and post on pages such as “Worst Customers” does not inspire trust.
There is nothing wrong with having a sense of humour, however remember that anything you say and do on social media is similar to standing in the middle of the town square yelling into a megaphone. Setting your privacy so that only people you are connected to can see what you post does help. However on the internet nothing is ever private.
For an example of content that is not as private as you may think. Have a read of this article.