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Facebook: Not Just for Friends Anymore (Part 2 of 6) February 3, 2010

Posted by friedgreenbananafish in Facebook.
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So just how many employers are checking your profile?  

According to a 2006 survey by CareerBuilder.com, as many as 12 percent of hiring managers regularly use social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace to screen potential employees.  

And, after discovering new information online, 63 percent of those employers chose not to hire candidates based on their discoveries.

But the big question on everyone’s minds is, what do these employers discover about their potential employees that is so terrible?  

Can photos of you and your friends goofing off on your own time really be used as evidence to show how “unprofessional” you are?  What exactly are people posting pictures of that scares their employers so much?  

As it turns out, quite a bit…

According to Tim DeMello, who owns the Internet company Ziggs, employers are often shocked at what they find on profiles — photos depicting underage drinking, orgies, drug use, and  disturbing illegal activity.  This is a far cry from the upscale, clean-cut image presented to an interviewer.  

Demello continues: 

“This person that’s sitting there is almost entirely different than the person posting on these Web sites.”  

Young people reveal a remarkable amount of information about themselves on social-networking sites, despite the efforts of these websites to block any material that is “obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit.”  

Why do young people reveal so much about themselves, especially when they know it can ruin their reputations?  

According to Liz Funk, reporter for USA Today, it’s about classic teenage rebellion finding a new way to reach the masses — via the internet.  

She suggests that thanks in part to celebrities like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, “young women act as though they derive some kind of power…” from posing in obscene pictures, especially those involving alcohol, drugs and sex.  She continues in stating that:

“In a generation that worships privilege and fame, many teens seem to feel that if they photograph themselves drinking and posing provocatively the way celebrities do, the glamour might translate into their lives…we learn that keeping one’s life an open book is a ticket to fame. We find that when it comes to Vanity Fair, Nicole Richie concealing the private details of her public fight with Paris Hilton cost her a spot on the cover, which Teri Hatcher ‘earned’ upon disclosing that she had been sexually abused as a child.”

Funk believes that young women need to seriously reconsider what “empowerment” means.  

Sharyn Alfonsi of CBS News says:

“If you’re supposed to dress for the job you want…some of these students really need to just put something on.  Sexy photos… don’t exactly scream ‘CEO material’.”

To be continued…



1. Another Day On Facebook - February 5, 2010

Argh I didn’t even know that you posted part 2 and 3 and 4. I am now playing catch up.

(Is it alright if I cite your post in mine when I finally put up the video?)

friedgreenbananafish - February 5, 2010

That’s fine – thanks for asking, though 🙂

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