Social Networking and Employment

How important is your Facebook (or LinkedIn or Myspace) in finding a job? In a recent article about social networking in the workplace from The Tech Chronicles, social networking may play a certain component in getting, or not getting, a job and also keeping in good relations with your coworkers. In addition to many standard background checks, employers are checking where candidates stand on the internet. This may be done with a basic Google search or, for a slightly more invasive procedure, asking if he or she has a social networking page. Of course, if a candidate says, “No,” the appropriate pages may be brought up online, especially if the page uses your name, such as for Facebook and LinkedIn.

As suggested in this article, the ways for passing a social media background check include having a clean page. As much as going out with friends is fun, one of the more significant suggestions is to not post any pictures of yourself doing drugs or drinking. For a clean image, this means not appearing in photographs naked, scantily clad, or wearing any obscene clothing. Although you don’t need to look like you’re in line for a job interview, your clothing and behavior choices should be tasteful in your photographs.

Aside from the physical image your page projects, your social networking page also gives a company a glimpse of your communication skills. The article, for example, suggests that you leave text-speak off your page and emails. For the rest of your profile, this means communicating as you would ordinarily – in complete sentences and with tasteful language. As far as content is concerned, having someone reject you based on your taste of music may be a bit extreme (unless you’re an avid classical music fanatic applying to a top hip-hop label, for instance), but bad mouthing others, including former or current employers or coworkers, will probably put your resume in the rejection pile.