How Facebook Can Get You Fired
With the boom of Web 2.0 and social networking sites, Facebook membership stats are exploding and MySpace is bigger than porn. Chances are, if you're reading this, you are plugged into the social web.
How hard is it to find information about someone? With a few clicks you can find someone's sexual preference, religion AND what they've been up to on weekends.
Of course this is fine when your friends see it, but what about current or prospective employers? Take these Ottawa grocery store employees as an example. By starting a club and commenting on their workplace, these dudes were out of work and out of luck.
Think it's just in the lower end of the job market? Think again. This time it was for slightly different reasons, but the outcome was still the same. Charlie Barrow was a trader for Goldman Sachs who spent far too much time on Facebook until the IT department ratted him out and he was out of a job as well.
What about calling in sick to work and going to a party or concert? Make sure to avoid digital cameras. Facebook isn't just for students anymore and there's a good chance that you've got co-workers as "friends". Get tagged shotgunning a Lucky Lager while you were "home with the flu" and you could be on some thin employment ice. The combination of your work life and your social life can come crashing together quite quickly.
It's also worthwhile to think about cleaning out your social networking accounts or changing your privacy settings before sending in an application for a new job - if you're coming out of a four year program, that's a lot of party pictures that your new boss probably doesn't need to see. That's pretty questionable on their part, but it happens. Here's a Stanford Daily article on it.
While your accounts keep you connected to the world, you might want to monitor how connected you actually are.