Social Tips: FaceBook Can Make or Break Your Job Application
Ask a friend if he’s not on Facebook. That’s the way to do it these days. It would be more shocking if a person doesn’t have a Facebook account than if he has. If you think this is cool because you have your own world where you think you rock and your friends think you’re cool, good for you. But if you happen to want to include your workmates in your friends’ list, not a problem still. However, if your boss wants to add you up, how will you respond? Do you click approve or ignore?
This will be a personal dilemma to you knowing that you can be sometimes “too open” in Facebook. A recent chat with a senior the past few days and I was able to get my hands on some pertinent detail regarding the employee-employer relationship and how Facebook can very much affect this, not to mention all the other social networking sites there are. My colleague was asked by her daughter not to post the holiday pictures they had, since the daughter had one drink too many and apparently, her boss and those she worked with had Facebook as well and they can very well see the photos she was tagged in.
Not only being too open prove to be a problem sometimes. Even your friends’ posts and comments, and the photos they tag you in might something that will get your employer to raise his eyebrows. What’s worse is when one of your contacts is someone from where you’re planning to look for a job. This could be someone from the human resources department or just a senior staff from that company who can be one of the panel interviewers of the interview you wish you’ll have. How does this sound?
Sometimes we need to look closely at the things that we plan on posting on Facebook. Despite being just casual or just having fun, Facebook can actually make or break your job application. Yes, it has that heavy impact on your future. Therefore, you need to start thinking twice whether or not you will really post that sarcastic status update or those obscene photos.
Facebook does have an option for everyone though, and this can be very helpful. If you group those people you think you can be personally open with, you can always choose to only make some of your posts visible to them only. The more wholesome and well considered posts on the other hand you can make them visible to the public.
The thing about these social networking sites, especially Facebook, is that it’s just not that private anymore. And with everyone getting more and more knowledge about the internet and what they can get from it – entertainment and education – this means that you should really be more careful about how you make yourself appear to those who can access your profile.
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