Enjoying the anonymity of the internet in social networking? Are you revealing a bit more in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube? Extreme political opinions, photos, college pranks, weekend preferences and more?
An increasingly popular trend, graduates stepping out of universities. And looking ahead for their first interviews are closing their social networking pages.
Reason: Big brother is watching.
Job hunters are increasingly conscious of anything they put into the online sphere, even e-mail, which, of course, can be forwarded to anyone.
6% To 20% Employers Look Up Your Social Networking Page
These are not entirely paranoia. There is anecdotal evidence and some HR reports talk about corporate recruiters are Googling potential employees. Having interns log onto social networking sites to check out an applicant’s profile. And using the internet as another way to check references.
This trend, combined with the growing population of sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram has made many young people uneasy and unsure about how to navigate a new world.
School administrators and professors are beginning to advise students on maintaining a professional presence. On social networking sites, in e-mail, on personal websites, on YouTube and blogs.
Even if its password protected, recruiters have profiles, too, and can get into your groups.
In a survey, a little more than 70% of the 60 students say they continue to post the same things they always did. Even though potential employers might be taking a look.
About 20% of the 90 employers who have so far responded to the same survey. Say they investigate new hires by visiting social networking sites.
A considerable 6% of employers say they’ve decided not to hire someone based on what they saw online. But another 26% responded to that same question with no comment.
Now, posting what you think or want on social media is not a bad thing. It’s your life anyway. And none can take that away from you. But I also think that it is better if we do it with a bit of responsibility and put a thought first if that post might have negative impact on yourself.