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    • Co uld Fac e bo o k and MyS pac e Pre ve nt Yo u Fro m Ge tting The Jo b Yo u Want? Care e r S uc c e s s S e minar
    • “B e ing online ” us e d to me a n th a t you h a d a c ompute r with a n Inte rne t c onne c tion. Now, it a ls o c a n me a n th a t pos itive or ne g a tive inform a tion a bout you is vis ible to a nyone wh o h a s a c c e s s to a c ompute r with a n Inte rne t c onne c tion. S tude nts -a nd oth e r job s e e ke rs -wh o s e t up profile s on s oc ia l ne tworking s ite s s h ould be a wa re of th e pos s ible c ons e que nc e s . NACE Journal, S pring 2006
    • S o urc e s Ac c e s s e d by Emplo ye rs Can yo u name any o the rs ? S uc h pag e s c an make s tude nts lo o k immature and unpro fe s s io nal, at be s t. B log s MyS pa c e   F a c e b o ok P h otob uc ke t   F lic kr P odc a s ts   F rie nds te r R S S R e a de rs   G oog le R yz e   IM-ing Xa ng a   Linke d In Y a h oo   Live J ourna l 
    • Ho w Do Emplo ye rs Gain Ac c e s s ? E m ploye e s wh o a re re c e nt g ra dua te s ofte n  re ta in th e ir c olle g e e -m a il a ddre s s e s , wh ic h e na b le s th e m to s e e pa g e s . C om pa nie s a s k c olle g e s tude nts working  a s inte rns to pe rform online b a c kg round c h e c ks .
    • Example #1 An e m ploye r de c ide s th a t th e fina lis ts for a  pos ition look e q ua l, b ut th e inform a tion pos te d on one of th e ir F a c e b ook pa g e s le a ve s a b a d im pre s s ion, a nd th e e m ploye r de c ide s to e lim ina te th a t c a ndida te from c ons ide ra tion.
    • Example #2 Wh e n a s ma ll c ons ulting c ompa ny wa s looking to  h ire a s umme r inte rn, th e c ompa ny’s pre s ide nt we nt online to c h e c k on a promis ing c a ndida te wh o h a d jus t g ra dua te d. At F a c e b ook, th e e xe c utive found th e c a ndida te ’s We b pa g e with th is de s c ription of h is inte re s ts : “s mokin’ blunts ,” s h ooting pe ople a nd obs e s s ive s e x, a ll de s c rib e d in vivid s la ng . It did not ma tte r th a t th e s tude nt wa s c le a rly pos turing . He wa s done .
    • Example #3 An re c ruite r vis ite d a unive rs ity for a n a lumni  we e ke nd a nd wh ile th e re pla nne d to inte rvie w a promis ing job a pplic a nt. Curious a b out th e c a ndida te , th e e mploye r we nt to h e r pa g e on F a c e b ook. S h e found e xplic it ph otog ra ph s a nd c omme nta ry a b out th e s tude nt’s s e xua l e s c a pa de s , drinking a nd s moking pot, inc luding te s timonia ls from frie nds . Among th e pic ture s we re s h ots of th e young woma n pa s s e d out a fte r drinking .
    • Example #4 A re c ruite r re je c te d a n a pplic a nt a fte r  s e a rc h ing th e na m e of th e s tude nt, a c h e m ic a l e ng ine e ring m a jor, on G oog le . Am ong th e th ing s th e re c ruite r found wa s th is re m a rk: “I like to b low th ing s up.”
    • Example #5 A young ma n s ig ne d up for inte rvie w on c a mpus  with c orpora te re c ruite rs , b ut wa s s e ldom invite d. A frie nd s ug g e s te d th a t h e re s e a rc h h ims e lf on G oog le . He found a link to a s a tiric a l e s s a y, title d, “Lying Your Wa y to th e Top,” th a t h e h a d pub lis h e d la s t s umme r on a We b s ite for c olle g e s tude nts . He a s ke d th a t th e e s s a y b e re move d. He be g a n to b e invite d for job inte rvie ws , a nd h e h a s now re c e ive d s e ve ra l offe rs
    • Example #6 A young ma n c re a te d h is F a c e b ook profile wh e n  h e wa s 18. Now 20, h e h a d a c c umula te d a g ood a mount of ma te ria l-typic a l c olle g e mus ing a nd ph otos -th a t h is frie nd mig h t e njoy b ut oth e rs mig h t vie w diffe re ntly. He wa s b e g inning to s e a rc h for a n inte rns h ip, a nd s h ould h a ve c ons ide re d limiting a c c e s s to h is profile to jus t h is frie nds . Unde rs ta nding th e g ra vity of th e s itua tion, h e did s o.
    • Example #6 (c o ntinue d) S h ortly a fte r, h e g ot th e c a ll h e h a d b e e n  wa iting for. A s ta te a g e nc y wa nte d to inte rvie w h im for a n inte rns h ip. He pre pa re d for th e inte rvie w a nd re vie we d th e type s of q ue s tions th a t c ould b e a s ke d. He wa s re a dy, a s re a dy a s h e c ould b e .
    • Example #6 (c o ntinue d) B ut, during th e inte rvie w, s ome th ing h e wa s not  pre pa re d for h a ppe ne d. Th e inte rvie we r be g a n a s king s pe c ific q ue s tions a bout th e c onte nt on h is F a c e b ook lis ting a nd th e s itua tion b e c a me ve ry a wkwa rd a nd unc omforta ble . He only th os e h e a llowe d to a c c e s s h is profile , would b e a b le to do s o. B ut, th e inte rvie we r e xpla ine d th a t a s a s ta te a g e nc y, re c ruite r a c c e s s e d h is F a c e book a c c ount unde r th e a us pic e s of th e P a triot Ac t.
    • Emplo ye r Que s tio ns ? Wh a t kind of judg m e nt doe s th is pe rs on  h a ve ? Wh y a re you a llowing th is to b e vie we d  pub lic ly, e ffe c tive ly, or s e m ipub lic ly? Is th e re s om e th ing a b out th e ir life s tyle th a t  we m ig h t find q ue s tiona b le or th a t we m ig h t find g oe s a g a ins t th e c ore va lue s of our c orpora tion?
    • MyS pac e “S afe ty Tips ” MySpac e make s it e as y to e xpre s s yours e lf, c o nne c t with frie nds and make ne w one s , but ple as e remembe r that what you pos t public ly c ould e mbarras s you o r e xpo s e yo u to dange r. He re are s ome c ommon s e ns e g uide line s that you s hould follow whe n us ing MySpace :  Do n't forge t that yo ur profile and MySpac e fo rums are public s pac e s . Don't pos t a nyth ing you wouldn't wa nt th e world to know (e .g ., your ph one numbe r, a ddre s s , IM s c re e ns na me , or s pe c ific wh e re a b outs ). Avoid pos ting a nyth ing th a t would ma ke it e a s y for a s tra ng e r to find you, s uc h a s wh e re you h a ng out e ve ry da y a fte r s c h ool.  Do n't po s t anything that would e mbarras s yo u late r. Th ink twic e be fore pos ting a ph oto or info you wouldn't wa nt your pa re nts or bos s to s e e !
    • Quic k Po ll Re s ults More th a n one -q ua rte r (26.9% ) of th e  org a niz a tions re s ponding to NAC E ’s re c e nt “q uic k poll” on th e pra c tic e of “G oog ling ” c a ndida te s or re vie wing th e ir profile s on s oc ia l ne tworking s ite s (s uc h a s F a c e b ook or Mys pa c e ) re porte d th a t th e y h a ve done s o a t s om e point.
    • Pe rc e nt o f Re s po nde nts That Have “Go o g le d”/Vie we d Candidate Pro file s Online , By S e c to r S e rvic e s – 30.9%  Ma nufa c turing – 21.9%  G ovt./ – 20.0% NP  B y type of e mploye rs , c ompute r s oftwa re  de ve lopme nt/ ta proc e s s ing s e rvic e firms we re da mos t like ly to h a ve e ng a g e d in th is pra c tic e In a ddition, 41.7% of building  ma te ria ls / ons truc tion firms re porte d th e y h a d c done s o
    • Future Plans , By S e c to r and Pe rc e nt o f Re s po nde nts Se c tor Ye s No Maybe Uns ure Se rvic e s 1.1% 34.0% 39.4% 25.5% Manufac turing 1.3 42.7 36.0 20.0 Govt/NP 0.0 56.3 6.3 37.5 Ove rall 1.1 39.5 35.1 24.3
    • Final Tho ug hts “Cle a n up” your profile s , g roup a ffilia tions , pos ting  wa lls , or a nyth ing e ls e th a t ma y pos e a pote ntia l is s ue .  R e m e m be r th a t we b informa tion c a n be re ta ine d online in ma ny wa ys ; h itting th e “de le te ” button ma y not me a n th a t th e informa tion is g one . Com ple te th e P e rs ona l Inte rne t P re s e nc e J ob  S e e ke r S e lf-Audit. Vie w th e re s ults th roug h th e pe rs pe c tive of a pote ntia l e mploye r. Cre a te a n a c tion pla n for im proving your online  im a g e a nd de c ide h ow to us e th e Inte rne t to e nh a nc e th e job s e a rc h .
    • Be yo nd The Jo b S e arc h Pro c e s s Troub le a t work or with th e la w  F ina nc ia l ris ks  R is k to re puta tion  P riva c y ris ks  S ta lking  If you g e t tog e th e r with s om e one you m e e t  th roug h a b log -th e pos s ib ility of m ole s ta tion, rob b e ry, a nd oth e r a tta c ks
    • CONTACT INFORMATION Offic e of Ca re e r S e rvic e s Unive rs ity Ce nte r, R oom 111 (903) 565-5581 F a x (903) 565-5532 www.uttyle r.e du/ a re e rs e rvic e s c Kris ta R ic h a rds on, Coordina tor of Ca re e r S e rvic e s kric h a rds on@ma il.uttyl.e du