Would You Want Your Boss to See That Facebook Status You Just Posted?
Many of us see college as a time to finally be free, have fun, and find something that we’ll enjoy doing for the rest of our lives. Being in the generation of social media and networking, we feel practically obligated to document all of this via video, photos, and posts. Although college may feel like the best times of our lives, four years goes by pretty quickly, dumping us into the “real” world. The job market is difficult enough to enter into with near perfect resumes without having something from our pasts popping up and giving a future employer reason to choose another candidate. With the ability to “Google” search anyone, what used to be you and your friends’ business can now become your boss’s business.
To stay on the safe side, don’t post anything from wild parties or other social events and don’t allow anyone to tag you in those pictures. For instance, on Facebook when you post something or make a photo album you can select whether you want “friends of friends”, “friends” or “family to see what you’ve posted. You can even select certain people that you don’t want to see your posts or show up in their news feed such as professional contacts or that one “friend” that spreads all your business around. One student I spoke to said, “You have the option to hide photos on Facebook. You don’t have to announce everything on Facebook and Twitter for the world to know. Let your memories be YOUR memories!” Another student said, “I have a lot of family and teachers on my Facebook, so I think keeping that in mind helps keep my Facebook ‘clean’. Like, I wouldn’t post anything I didn’t want my grandma to see, right?”
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