Accept, obviously. Imagine how awkward it will be if you don’t accept their friendship request within a 24 hour window? I mean, they can’t terminate your employment over it, but it won’t bear well for your rapport.
Having an impeccable online presence should start when you’re sending out job applications. If you’re in an industry where privacy is an issue such as medicine or teaching, it might be a good idea to change your name on Facebook so students or patients can’t track you down too easily.
If you aren’t concerned about privacy, having a traceable Facebook can actually be an asset. Human resource managers are trying to find someone who is the right fit for their company, which often means finding employees with agreeable personalities. What better way to demonstrate this (outside of your killer cover letter) than having your social media profiles as evidence that you’re the right babe for the job.
However, do make sure you're in control of how much of your Facebook profile the public can see. Start by typing your full name into a search engine. This will be one of the first things a potential employer will do when considering your application. You can stop your Facebook profile from coming up as a result by changing your privacy settings. You use these settings to control how much of your profile someone can see when they pop your name in the Facebook search bar.
So, you got the job, they’ve found you and added you and you’re wondering what to do next.
You’re obviously an angel in your personal life, so nothing to worry about. Right? But just to be safe, it's better to protect your reputation from those embarrassing not-so-sweet sixteenth pics.
It’s a bit of a bummer going through thousands of photos and deciding whether to untag yourself or not, but a little spring clean never hurt anyone and the trip down memory lane can actually be pretty enjoyable.
A more conservative approach to protecting your rep would be to add your boss to your ‘restricted’ friend list. This way, they will only be able to see your profile pic and cover photo, and won’t be able to see any posts unless they’re public or if you’ve tagged them. The good thing about this is when they go to your profile; you still come up as friends. The bad thing about this is that it's pretty obvious.
When it comes down to it if you're still 18, putting up 156 photos from the party you went to on the weekend and victim to 'stat hacks' every fews days, put your boss on restricted. If you’re any older than that and working in a professional environment, your social media profiles should be a fairly embarrassment free zone.
Pro tip: when you're birthday rolls around, maybe consider putting your boss on restricted... The embarrassing photos appearing on your wall every few minutes are totally out of your control.
Looking on the brighter side you could also view this as a perfect opportunity to get in their good books by liking all of their posts or updates. But, definitely stop posting about how much you hate your job.