Would you allow someone you don’t even know to login to your personal Facebook page and look at anything they wanted? This includes all of your pictures, messages, likes, etc. I’m sure you wouldn’t.
That is what we did in class on Monday. I wasn’t worries because I keep all of my content and pretty much all of my activity “G-Rate” and appropriate. Also, I don’t post anything I wouldn’t want a future employer to see. With that said, I want you to take a moment to think about how you use not only Facebook, but all social media and see what you are putting out there for the world to see.
Are you always posting pictures of you and your fiends drunk, and playing beer pong while scantily clad? Do you post more complaints about everything than positive words? How do you uphold you social media persona? Really take some time to think about this because you can be setting yourself up for some disappointment in the future.
Imagine your dream job is hiring. You work so hard on your resume and cover letter to land this job. Let’s say your resume stands out the most to you potential employer. Before they call for interviews, however, part of their hiring process is to screen potential employee’s social media accounts.
Now let’s say you have really taken some steps to clean up your Facebook to be presentable for an employer to look at. There’s just one problem – you forgot to take down your party pictures in your “College” photo album because you have over a thousand pictures in that particular album. No big deal, right? Wrong. This potential employer has someone hired just to go through everything they can on applicant’s social media profiles.
So while you don’t even remember those pictures of you doing keg stands and playing drunk strip poker, chances are, your potential employer will find them. Needless to say, you don’t get the call for the interview.
Is this wrong? Many people have a different view on this topic. Personally, I don’t think it’s a problem. My thought is, if you wouldn’t show it to your boss, don’t post it. Now if your boss’ ethics and moral standards are “questionable” you have to decide for yourself what you deem fit to post online. My teacher said, “If you wouldn’t show it to your mother or grandmother, you probably shouldn’t post it.” I think that’s a pretty good rule of thumb too.
Alas, many people don’t go by this standard and unfortunately, I tend to find out a lot more about people than I want to courtesy of their social media. For instance, one of the people I have friended on Facebook always posts negative things. It’s always something negative about their job, the people at their job, the people out in public, life in general – it gets tiring just reading their posts. Actually, it’s to a point I just ignore them.
Here’s the thing. I know this particular person is job hunting. What if this person loses out on a great job because of how they carry themselves on their Facebook? It’s sad, but a lot of employers are pre-screening social media profiles before even considering for an interview.
Is this right? I’m not the one with the answers, but what I can tell you is I pay a lot of money for my education and I’m not willing to risk throwing it all away because of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
What do you think about it? Do you think this is an invasion of privacy? or do you think this can help employers hire the best candidates on and off the job?