Much conversation has been had on college campuses about the value of this online social network. I think the concept is a great idea and encourages social connection. The Minnesota Daily had a story two weeks ago quoting a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project that said people using sites like FaceBook are more social, not less.
My angle is not whether or not sites like this are good or bad for building social interaction.
My question is why are students being so damn stupid with the things they are saying or groups that they belong to?
A few weeks ago I saw a posting from Steven Rothberg at CollegeRecruiter.com titled FaceBook: Friend or Foe? and brought it up during a meeting with students at the University of Minnesota. I think they were shocked to find out recruiters like me and employers in general are using the site.
Shocked? Really? How stupid. For the love of the Internet, anything online not behind a firewall or password protected is fair game.
Now some of the students respond that FaceBook is password protected and they are right. Now read who is eligible for an account. I’ll make it easy for you. In our case it is anyone with a @umn.edu email address. So alumni would have access and alumni own businesses, are recruiters, are hiring managers.
UCLA’s Daily Bruin had an article too. Quoting:
And not all employers are pleased with what they find.
Sims said there have been several cases of employers rescinding job offers to student candidates because of information obtained through Facebook.
She said employers will find content they determine to be less than professional or inappropriate, and many students do not realize the consequences.
But though some employers may use the Web site as a source of negative press for applicants, companies also use Facebook to solicit job offers to students.
So my college friends do yourself a favor and clean up your profile. It may be cool to be an idiot but you are not doing yourself any favors by proving it.
If you do not have a profile you should consider putting one on there. Talk about the good things you have done, projects you have worked on and the non-profit you volunteer with.
One last bit of advice. Do a Google search of yourself and see what you find, because what you see is what I and employees are seeing.