In our last post we discussed how to prepare your Facebook profile before your interview. Today we will discuss how to prepare your MySpace profile.
MySpace itself is not a user friendly site. It allows it users to alter their webpages with bug filled code, and the design of the website itself is not considered aesthetically pleasing. It is highly recommended that you take the time to overhaul your MySpace profile before a job interview, because the mere existence of a buggy MySpace profile may reflect poorly on your candidacy.
Preparing Your MySpace Profile
- Delete, Delete, Delete
Take time to go through every aspect of your profile, including page comments, and delete anything that may be viewed as unprofessional. This includes removing any music from your profile and any profile photo or album that contains unprofessional images. The privacy settings on MySpace have been buggy in the past, and it is too much of a risk to let them stay public.
- Change Profile Photo to Something Ambiguous
Own a dog? Make your profile photo a picture of your dog. It is not uncommon to have a MySpace profile image that is not of your face. Change the image to something that does not resemble you in order to give employers doubts that they have stumbled upon your page.
- Change Name, Location – Watch Out for Email Address
MySpace profiles allow you to show up in search by your name and location. All the company needs is a first name and location to bring up the possibility that they will find your profile. Change your name and location so that you do not show up in a search. Also, make sure that the email you used to send the resume is not the email associated with your MySpace account, since MySpace also has an email search feature.
- Make Everything Private
Finally, restrict privacy settings on your MySpace page so that you can only be viewed by friends. MySpace privacy settings are not perfect, but they are helpful in reducing your employer’s ability to visit your page.
Social Networks Kill Interviews
Employers are looking for any information on you they can find before your job interview. It is important that you keep all of these things blocked and edited before an interviewer comes across your page and creates their own negative first impression.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Clean up your MySpace account by deleting any identifying and unprofessional information.
- Restrict your privacy settings.
- Change the name, email and location associated with the account.
- Alter your profile picture to be something other than your face.