We all have that one friend. The one that posts pictures of herself doing beer funnels off a two story building. The one who uploads 234879 pictures with a million different guys a night trying to make her ex jealous. The one who posts her drunken escapades on every single social networking site known to mankind. The one who tweets, “OMG SOO DRUNK RIGHT NOW”. Like omg, don’t you know everyone and their mother can see this information that you so generously put out there for them?!
Now a days social media sites can pretty much make or break you, especially if you planning on entering fields that use these regularly such as public relations, marketing, and advertising.
I don’t think students realize that your future boss or internship employer most likely use every social media site that you do. And they most likely will check out your pages before giving you a job. The job market has become so competitive. If a position comes down to you and another potential employee, the employer will most likely check out your social media and compare the two of you!
Consider this. You are applying to your dream job. You’ve made it all the way to the final interview process. It is now between you and just one other person. You and this other person have equivalent resumes. You both graduated at the top of your class and have outstanding campus involvement. The only thing the company has to make the decision between the two of you is your social media sites. They click on your competition first. His profile picture is of him and his dog on a hike in the mountains. Yours is of you taking shots with your friends. Based on this first impression, who do you think is going to get this job?
Now I know a lot of people say “Oh my profile is on private. No one can see what I post!” There are so many ways around this. There are many programs out there that companies can use to see your profile. If you have a mutual friend, they can also use the more simpler approach and just ask if they will let them log on and see your profile.
I could literally go on about this forever. But I will spare you that misery. Moral of the story is- be careful what you are posting on social media sites! They are not as private as you think and once you put something out there, it is out there forever. What you post now could easily hurt your future career.