Social media is a new form of communication for the new millennium. It allows its users to post pictures and videos, chat with friends, create personal messages, and in general share their individual ideas, information and other content with a wide audience. It the most efficient way to keep people up-to-date with what is going on in their family and friends lives. Even though there are privacy settings that one can activate to hide their profiles from unwanted viewers, the bottom line is that this information is now public and there is no privacy when it comes to the web.
One key audience that must use caution when deciding to use social media is college students that are entering the job force. Social media has provided employers with a platform for researching their future candidates that gives them insight to what the person is all about.
This is where the danger lies with creating posts, particularly ones about a person’s social life or views on certain topics. These posts may seem harmless, but they create a profile on the individual that can deter future employers from thinking twice about hiring them.
Brian Solis discusses how social media has caused society to take a giant leap from privacy to publicness and the repercussions of taking part in this new social trend.
There can be benefits from social media when looking for a job by being aware of what an individual’s profile says about them. Choosing to provide content that truly reflects their interests and being cognoscente of the fact that their follows or friends are not the only ones looking at their profiles.
Yes, we want to share our experiences and thoughts with our friends, but if it isn’t something we would want our future employer to look at, it probably isn’t something that should be posted on the web.