Social Media: Beneficial or Disastrous to Our Future Careers?

In 2012, it is just as common to have a personal social media profile as it is to have a toilet in your house. Linked In, Twitter and Facebook. You name it and someone within 20 feet of you has one and is checking it right now. While these sties were designed to keep us closer to distant friends, relatives or strangers, are they actually distancing us from getting a job?

“I don’t have a Facebook just for that reason, jobs,” said Lauren Kilpatrick, a 21-year-old senior at UAlbany. Although her main reason for not having a Facebook is pictures being interpreted the wrong way by potential boss’s, that is not number one on the list of social media no-no’s.

“I don’t post anything on my Facebook or twitter that I would be embarrassed to discuss in a job interview,” said Claire Rosen, a 21-year-old senior at Roger Williams.

According to the article “Job Seekers: Beware These Social Media Traps” by Dani Fankhauser, 86% of potential employers will search for your personal site and 78% will react the most negatively towards “references to doing illegal drugs.”

Lets be real here- who ever does elude to doing any illegal drugs on their site is a moron.The 21st century’s most important technological rule- anything posted on the internet, even when deleted, never goes away.

What is even more interesting is 54% of potential employers are reacting negatively to spelling and grammar mistakes. ‘U’ instead of you, and ‘dat’ instead of that might only get you to one job in life, and that might involve asking “Would you like fries with that?”


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