How Social Media May Kill Your Next Job Prospect

by Shenron on October 24, 2009

These days, if you don’t have at least a Facebook or Twitter account, you’re considered to be living in the dark ages. Well, not entirely true. If you belong to the generation that grew up on the “good music,” you’re almost immune to the problems that arise because of the social media phenomenon. But, if you’re unlucky enough to fall into the current generation of socialites and party goers, finding a job becomes much more difficult. With our lives being tracked by not only ourselves, but the people around us taking photos of us when we least expect it, we are especially vulnerable to letting our potential employers in on the secrets of our weekends that we don’t expect.

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Just ten years ago, if you told your best friends that one day everyone would own a personal computer and cellular phone that was constantly connected to the internet, they’d call you crazy. If you kept the conversation going and went on to say that one day everyone would spend the majority of their day updating all of their friends about everything they’re doing at any given time, you’d probably be ditched for that evening’s antics. The thought of social media wasn’t even relevant ten or fifteen years ago and anyone in their mid 20s to mid 30s back then, now doesn’t have to really worry about the implications of an always on life. It may be biased to say that employers don’t care about the “old folks,” but it’s those “old folks” that have gained company trust and don’t need a thorough look over before employment.

So what about these days? What if you’re about to apply for your first big job and you’ve been keeping up with the way of the world and updating your Facebook status every hour, on the hour, for the past 9 months? Well the sad fact of the matter is, you’re putting yourself at risk. Social networking sites are a treasure trove for advertisers because they document all of our likes and dislikes in one easy to read column format. If an advertiser can use that information, so can an employer. And they do. Companies are now “spying” on applicants and seeing what it is they like to do on the weekends and who they’re friends with. It may seem biased but if an employer has access to more information than your overly-false resume with all of the self congratulations you gave yourself, they’re going to take advantage of that.

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It’s not a crime to live your life, but the pictures of you “going wild” with your girlfriends last weekend in Cabo San Lucas are something you wouldn’t want to show your parents, then your employer probably won’t like them either. It has to be understood that it’s a new generation of applicants making it into the work force, but it’s also a new era of vulnerability. Don’t post things you wouldn’t want the world to know about and if you ever lose a job opportunity because of it, consider it a lesson learned.

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