Monday, May 12, 2008

Employers Banned from Using Facebook?

Awhile back I wrote a post on Personal Brand and the Job Search. Basically cautioning job seekers to be mindful of what they put out there on the web because essentially if you post something for your friends to see, more than likely, your potential employer can see it too.

Today while browsing through the latest kirtsy links in Internet and Technology, I found this: Bosses Could Be Banned from Digging Up Facebook Dirt. Now this article is from a paper in London and so it doesn't really have a whole lot to do with us at present. However, the controversy over whether or not it's right to penalize someone for their online profiles is still being debated.

Whether you think it's fair or not, the fact is that it's happening. Facebook and Myspace are easy ways for your employer to see what kind of individual you are. I always feel like it's better to be safe than sorry and to keep your profile pictures down to an appropriate level. There's no need to share with the world the photos of your binge drinking adventures. Utlize privacy features of websites, too. What can hurt you can be turned into something that can help you. Your profile can project you in a positive way depending on the information you provide. Show off your wide array of interests or your expertise in your field.

- Rosie Reilman

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