They see you, Facebookers!
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 14:03
It’s Friday night; you and your friends are about to head out to a party being thrown by the wonderful brothers of Omega Psi Phi.
You’re snapping pictures of you and your friends as you get ready. You take couple of shots posing with a Ciroc bottle, because that’s the cool thing to do.
Then you head out to the party and your friend sneaks some pictures of you dancing with the cute guy from your 2:25 p.m. class.
Seems all innocent, huh? You have no clue that those cute pictures you took with your friends could possibly have a negative impact on your future career.
Facebook, Twitter and other social websites are being used heavily for advertisement.
You can barely watch a commercial that doesn’t slide “Like Us on Facebook” on the screen.
Even ESPN will prompt you to “Follow us on Twitter” before going to that same commercial.
Think about this: If you are going to school to become a teacher, why wouldn’t the board of education check out your Facebook profile? They want to know if you are responsible and a positive role model.
Check this out: According to the Huffington Post, the National Labor Relations Board has granted employers permission to utilize Facebook to see if, outside of work, employees really are the outstanding citizens they pose as at work.
If any inappropriate images or content is found on employees’ pages, they can be fired.
On the other hand, social sites such as Linkedin can be helpful to your career. Linkedin allows you to post your resume and network among those you know, while linking you to your friends’ connections.
“Increase your digital currency,” advises Tarryn L. Simmons, speech coordinator for the speaking studio in the Taylor education building.
“Klout.com, is a great social site that actually calculates how influential you are due to your information such as your resume and Facebook along with your community involvement. It gives you a score that can be viewed by potential employers as well as internship programs,” Simmons said.
The world is absolutely digital now. We went from having to actually get in our cars and drive around to businesses to ask, “Are you hiring?”to searching jobs with just a click, and without ever leaving our homes.
However, you have to know that these same employers you apply to online are Googling you to see if your profile contains drug-influenced behavior or angry rants about your current job.
Image is key; at a major corporation, your image represents the company as a whole.
Get with the program, students. Do you really want your boss to see you on Facebook with a bottle turned up, in your underwear, or happily sharing a hookah bong?
Be smart. Delete those pictures, and untag yourself on others’ sites.