OMG! Mom is on Facebook
By Nancy Barry
Speaker and Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know
Would you invite your mom or dad to be your friend on Facebook? If the answer is “no,” you might ask yourself why.
According to a recent CareerBuilder.com survey, 45% of employers are using social networking sites to research job candidates. Another 11 percent plan to start using social networking sites for screening. 35 percent of employers changed their mind about hiring a candidate after searching online. What did they find that would cause them to “knock out” a potential candidate? Examples cited in the survey include: candidates who posted inappropriate photographs or information, and candidates who bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients.
Like it or not, what you post on social networking sites is part of your professional image. Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager and your parents, and take a close look at what you have posted on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. If you have information on your profile you don’t want mom and dad to see, what is your current or future employer going to think when they see it? Like it or not, it matters.