Are you at present a member of any social network? Have you ever tried to get your private details of your life posted in Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Orkut, or BlogSpot? These could possibly vary from noisy shout-outs to the ups and downs of your relationship situation, maybe pictures taken when you were drunk at some party, etc...
If you're a new graduate you might find yourself, like the many before you, closing your social-networking pages or making them extremely private so no one, or so you think, except your friends have access to it. This is a reality that so many people happen to realize once they've finished up with school and end up entering the real world, applying for jobs and the like.
Not only are social networking sites being closed but any email traces as well as these can be forwarded to anyone at anytime. This makes it extremely precarious if you're sharing way too many details about your personal life while looking for new sources of employment at the same time.
The reason is obvious, more and more employers to-be are using social networking sites to get more information about their candidate employees. There is more evidence that more and more companies are Googling their applicants to do a background check.
This practice is making the growing crowd of new graduates with social networking sites uneasy, for sure. After all, it's most likely that most, if not all, are members of at least one site. And many memories, good and bad, exist in those pages.
Many schools are now orienting students on the importance of maintaining a professional profile when they join a social networking site. Even e-mail and blogs have to be written out with this in mind. You never know who will stumble upon the things you write or post.
A survey by AfterCollege.com contends that out of 60 students, 70% continued to post the same kind of messages on the social networking sites which might be read by potential employers.
Out of 90 employers, about 20% said that they check out candidates by visiting social networking sites. Also, 6% mentioned they based their decision on not hiring a person due to what they read online and another 26% had no comment to the same survey question.
According to Roberto Angulo from AfterCollege.com. students should be concerned about what they post online. It never hurts to take some basic extra measures to ensure the privacy and security of anything and everything you choose to share via these widely popular social networking sites.