Job candidates who maintain personal sites on Facebook or MySpace are learning – sometimes the hard way – that the image they present to their friends on the Internet may not be best suited for landing the position they’re seeking.
One job applicant indicated in his Facebook profile that he was a leading hacker, and he was applying to be a computer security analyst, said Ponemon. He didn’t get the job.
But wouldn’t you want the hacker on your side? 🙂
Listen up people, you have got to use common sense when posting photos of yourself in all your glory at that fraternity kegger. Or for instance, if I were an employer checking up on a potential job candidate and saw that on Facebook you proclaimed to be a top-notch jewelry thief and you were applying for a job at Tiffany’s, I’d simply not hire you based on the fact that you are a complete idiot.
I just find it amazing what people put on the internet these days not thinking about the potential consequences. Even though I think there is a large gray area as to what should and should not count against you online, common sense is always a good call.
But then again, where’s the fun in that?