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More and more users of facebook and myspace are

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More and more users of Facebook and MySpace are finding that prospective employers are perusing their sites, despite the fact that they may conceive of their online presence as personal space. Any employer who uses social media to research job candidates is probably used to stumbling upon such indiscretions like drunken party photos, insensitive jokes, foul language, etc. As social media continues to grow in popularity, however, the challenge for employers is deciding what is acceptable—and which are deal breakers. I am in the process of looking for a job, and I am definitely glad I have never bad mouthed the Air Force on facebook. I may now just go back through everything I have ever written and delete it! Unless job applicants have strict settings on their social media accounts, they may broadcast revealing details about their lives, including their drinking habits, political views, weight, race and marital status. Such information makes some employers nervous. But some are approving of the site “LinkedIn” for professional purposes. I knew nothing about the site until I
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was in a resume seminar and found out it is a great way to get your name out there and meet business contacts. I have yet to try it, but it’s just like any social site, you honestly do not know you are talking to and if they are being honest. The information might include learning that an applicant is pregnant. A couple of years ago, Teresa Thompson, an employment lawyer (Baxter, 2013), cautioned a group of employers on how to find information on a candidate without discrimination. At the time, she was pregnant. According to Thompson, "I stood out from behind the podium and turned sideways, baring my stomach to the world, which was frightening, and I said, 'If you had to choose between me at nine months pregnant and an equally qualified person, who would you choose?'" Thompson recalled. "And everyone in the room hung their head and looked down." It might be incredibly difficult for a pregnant job candidate who is not hired to prove discrimination. Many corporations make the mistake of thinking that using social media to ensure a strong applicant pool is as simple as scrolling through thousands of Facebook photos and trashing the resumé of anyone who appears in pictures holding a red plastic cup. Not so! When young people with countless opportunities are deciding who they want to avail of their labor after they earn their degrees, they often use the Internet to make those decisions. Potential employees are looking at your social media page right now, trying to get a feel for what kind of corporation you are. What people really need to do now days because of the growing technology is, before you post a status, tweet or picture, you should ask yourself: Does this make me look like an idiot? People are starting to think that because a certain businesses social media strategies are posting on Facebook, for example, that nobody would know who they were or that they existed.
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