Social medias such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and even blogs like mine play a major factor in today’s graduating college students. Because we spend a good portion of our time on these social medias, it was only a matter of time until our prospective employers checked them out. Only in recent years has this social media frenzy affected the way in which aspiring graduates are critiqued for the job position in which they are applying for. There are definitely several pros and cons as to why employers should or should not consider that particular person for a position in that company. In a sense, a person’s social media profile is a good insight into their lifestyle, personality, and personal choices. It was only a matter of time until the employers figured it out.
The way to get your name out there these days before even looking or applying for jobs is definitely social media, and of course social networking. One thing that is great about Twitter is that a hopeful employee can “follow” or be “followed” by a company that he or she shows interest in. Not only are they able to see things about the company, but that company can maybe get a glimpse at their profile. LinkedIn, which is a social media that I recently join, I think is the best social media when it comes to looking for a job. It is like an online resume, or at least a resume in a casual sense. These two networks, I have seen so far be the best for college grads. One of my friends, and former sorority sister, was able to get help on her resume, find a hopeful employer, and snag an interview, all by using her Twitter account.
I will be the first to admit, I am addicted to Facebook. However, I do not think that my account will help me when it comes time to get a job. Here are a few reasons why: I use it to keep in touch with friends and family, and most of the time they like to write inappropriate things on my wall. I also get tagged in tons of pictures from nights out with my friends, pictures that I probably would not want my hopeful employer to see. Before I begin applying for a job, I know I need to go through my account and do a clean sweep. There is something about Facebook that takes some or the professionalism out. While I do enjoy for my personal life, I am aware that those hiring will look at my profile, and will judge me by it. I think Myspace takes t to a whole new level of low. Not only can you customize your page with crazy designs, but it is way more graphic than Facebook. I would think that a smart individual looking for a career would be smart enough to erase their account with Myspace completely.
Overall, I think it is important that people keep up with the times and join the social media workforce. While I am not a huge fan of blogging, I know that this is another outlet that will benefit me in the long run. My blog is also clean, and serves a good purpose especially with my Public Relations major.
Don’t forget to clean up those wild Saturday night pictures on your Facebook!