Facebook and Employment

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Saturday 3 April 2010 4:00 pm

Facebook, long celebrated for its ability to connect people across the world, is suffering from some negative drawbacks. We have long known that social networking could have negative effects on individual’s Internet reputation, but the latest survey from Microsoft has been enlightening.

Many students and recent graduates are even changing their names on Facebook pages, according to CNN, and tightening privacy settings as well.

There’s a good reason: According to a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft, 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online, CNN reports.

The information considered inappropriate ranges from comments to “unsuitable” photos and videos, as well as criticism of employers, co-workers or clients. One user, who changed his name on his Facebook page for about two weeks, before realizing there were numerous other search categories that could direct a prospective employer to his site, told CNN that “prying into his online life” makes him uncomfortable.

Job seekers should be very careful about what is being put out about them. Google yourself often and take the necessary steps to fix the problem yourself or get reputation  management services.


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