Keep Your Life Off Facebook If You Want a Job

It may pay to get as familiar as possible with Facebook's privacy settings

By Jackson West
|  Thursday, Aug 20, 2009  |  Updated 5:25 PM CDT
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Keep Your Life Off Facebook If You Want a Job

One Facebook status update slagging a boss managed to lose this person a job they already had.

Nearly half of employeers researched new hires on Facebook, and 35 percent of those companies rejected applicants based on what they found.

That information comes from a survey by CareerBuilder, which just launched its own social network for job hunters.

So what was grounds for rejection? Inappropriate photos, drinking and drug use, and trash talking colleagues topped the list .  Poor grammar was cited in the study.

Since more Americans are looking for work these days, it might pay to make sure your profile is free of embarrassing moments.

Getting to know Facebook's tangled web of privacy settings might actually prove the best defense.

Wired's Geek Dad has a guide on making sure your kids aren't easily found on Facebook, but the tips are just as useful for those who enjoy an adult beverage and the inevitable consequences that result in hilarious but potentially career-limited tagged photos on your profile.

Jackson West would have a full-time job getting his online identity down to a PG rating.

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