Blog One by Alyssa Gauss
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When crafting your next brilliant Facebook update or “Tweeting” friends about the supposedly post-worthy feature of your day, you don’t usually consider the fact that a future employer could be reading every juicy word. Even more disturbing is the fact that the information and photos contained in this seemingly frivolous social outlet could significantly affect your employment future.
The burning question here is whether this insight into your daily life provides employers with an enchanting look at the real you that doesn’t shine through the curtain known as your interview-ready self, or whether it shows a disturbing image of the real you that may come out after one too many cups of the spiked eggnog at the company Christmas party.
According to “PROFILE=Resume”, a piece for The Globe and Mail by Katie Prewitt, employers often use a prospective candidate’s social media site as a second resume when it comes to making employment decisions. Even more frightening is the careerbuilder.com study Prewitt includes in her article that states that 35% of employers who used social media sites as a resource during hiring processes found a reason not to hire certain potential employees based off of something that was contained in their profile.
Social media seems to have played such a detrimental role in the hiring process that many people are beginning to take notice. According to Prewitt’s article, Germany may soon be establishing a law that prohibits employers from using such sites as a reference when making hiring decisions.
On the other hand, these sites are proving to be a great resource for many businesses when it comes to networking. This leads me to think that there is a way for any aspect of a professional business and a site like Facebook and Twitter to be compatible, but it also leads me to think that certain guidelines must be followed if the relationship is to be a successful one.
As Prewitt mentions in her piece, a person seeking a job could make a point of having two profiles. One profile could be a strictly professional one, featuring only the information that puts you in a positive light, and the other one (if you feel it is absolutely necessary) could contain pointless updates about your day and photos for your friends eyes only of what you, your cats and a bottle of tequila were doing last Saturday night.
Of course, you could also just have the one profile and make it a point to keep all public posts and photo albums suitable for a future bosses’ eyes, because, as creepy as it may seem, you never know who is watching.