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Asked by Tanya on February 5, 2017

I was passionate about a number of social causes in college and spent time organizing rallies and protesting. Will this sort of “anti-establishment” activity hurt my chances with future employers? Should I take the photos down from my Facebook page/blog?

Answered by Stuart, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on February 21, 2017

Hello! This is a great question and the answer depends somewhat on the career field and role you are looking to enter. It is always a good idea to revisit your privacy settings on Facebook when beginning a job search. You probably don’t want the picture of you as the life of the party popping up to potential employers. That being said, the skills obtained planning and organizing rallies is a transferable skill. Many employers look for candidates that are able to translate passion into action whether it is volunteer or paid. It depends on the company and role if using these examples is the best route to take. A good idea is to research a potential employer. Many employers have a very progressive social responsibility position and usually have it on their website. This process may also help you decide if you are a good fit for the culture of the organization.

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