Facebook Timelines And Your Professional Life

Have you upgraded your Facebook profile to Timeline yet? Given any consideration to how it looks to your colleagues or potential employers who may be looking at your digital tracks? Now is the time! Timeline is not yet mandatory but it will be soon, and it will automatically create a personal history for you based on past posts and connections. Basically Facebook is building a running chronology of major events in the lives of its users–including work.

I’ve never shared a lot about my professional life on Facebook (that’s what LinkedIn is for IMO), so for me Timeline as a resume makes no sense. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking at it anyway—we know recruiters use Facebook to connect with (aka spy on?) potential candidates. So if your resume says you were working as an actress in L.A. but your Timeline shows you were waiting tables in N.Y., you’re in trouble.

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