Last week I wrote a post about whether law students should pay someone to manage their online presence. One of my themes was that law students should be careful about what they post online, in case potential future employers and colleagues are watching.
In response, a reader commented that potential employers might think you are trying to hide something if you delete your Facebook page. I have promoted the uses of social media, including Facebook. At the same time, I do not think the lack of an online social media profile should hamper your job search.
Absence of evidence of bad behavior does not equal hiding bad behavior
Not having a particular online social media profile does not mean a law student, or anyone, is hiding anything. Maybe you do not like Facebook, or spend your free time doing something else. Maybe you have had enough of Facebook’s security breaches and elected to shut down your page. You are not required to have a Facebook page.
Or maybe you just decided to hide your profile page from public searches. There is nothing wrong with that. Privacy is still ok.
How to address the issue in a job interview
I doubt an employer would ever ask “I noticed you do not have a Facebook page, why is that?” I would say something along the lines of “In light of Facebook’s increasing third-party disclosure, and security breaches, I deleted my account.” Or you can explain for those same reasons, you hide your profile from public searches, or only allow friends to view your page.
Or, you can just say politely that you like to keep your personal life private. I would say those responses are more likely to create a positive impression of you, as opposed to a negative one.