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Facebook Poses a Possible Threat to Careless Students in the Job Market

Byline: by Shin Young Lee

Posted: January 17, 2012

Did you upload your photo on your Facebook today? Did you update your status as, "My psychology class is awful?" Are you a bad mouth on Facebook? If you answered "yes," then you needed the workshop Failbook. Director of Career Development, Jay Pfeiffer, held the workshop, Failbook, on Tue, Nov. 29 and Thurs, Dec. 1.

Did you upload your photo on your Facebook today? Did you update your status as, "My psychology class is awful?" Are you a bad mouth on Facebook?

What Failbook is about


If you answered "yes," then you need the workshop Failbook. Director of Career Development, Jay Pfeiffer, held the workshop, Failbook, on Tue, Nov. 29 and Thurs, Dec. 1. Many students use Facebook for fun and socializing, but they do not recognize any problems with their posts?

How social media affects job prospects


Pfeiffer planned the workshop for these students. "The motivation I have for holding the workshop is that most students are unaware that their social media presence can influence their job prospects. Facebook alone currently has over 500 million active users and recent studies show that approximately 85% of employers are performing some form of pre-employment screening involving social media," said Pfeiffer.

With 20 students in attendance, the workshop started by asking the question "How much do you put on Facebook?" According to a recent survey, many employers are pre-screening applicants by using social media. "Managing Facebook and your social media presence is important because once you put something out onto the internet and in the public domain, it is nearly impossible to remove it. However, it’s not all doom and gloom and there is no need to start deleting all your online accounts. Social networking can also be a powerful tool in finding employment, developing professionally, and making connections in both your personal and professional life," explains Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer recommended several ways to avoid online pitfalls and how to get a job on an online network. If you are a Facebook user, go to "Privacy Settings" and click "How You Connect," "How Tags Work" and "Limit the Audience For Past Posts." You can check those boxes and control your privacy.

Linkedin: professional alternative to Facebook


If you are a senior, visit "Linkedin" (www.linkedin.com). Linkedin provides professional networks for employers and employees. Pfeiffer highly recommends this Web page. "Among 20 students who came to this workshop, there is only one student who joined linkedin.com. It is the second largest network after Facebook. You can see many jobs and apply here. There is a Wilson page as well," Pfeiffer said.

Students looked at Linkedin with Pfeiffer and changed their Privacy Settings on Facebook. "I didn’t care about privacy on Facebook but now I’ll keep it in mind. I already joined Linkedin and I hope this helps me get a job," Anush Petrosyan '14 said.

Last Updated: January 25, 2012

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