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Media Issues: Facebook and Job Opportunities


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A media issues presentation on the effects of social networking profiles, like Facebook, and job opportunities.

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Media Issues: Facebook and Job Opportunities

  1. 1. The impact of facebook on job opportunities <br /> By Laura Heying<br />
  2. 2. Who’s Looking at your Facebook Page?<br />About 7.5 million college students have Facebook accounts.<br />In 2006, 20% of companies were using Facebook to screen job applicants.<br />In 2009, the amount of companies using Facebook to screen applicants jumped to 45%.<br />Another 11% of companies plan to start using social networking sites to screen applicants.<br />
  3. 3. Who’s Looking at your Facebook Page?<br />Many employers say that they have figured out how to view profiles that are set to private.<br />Sometimes employers scanning Facebook find things like drug use, orgies, illegal behavior, and underdressed/sexy pictures—these things will not get you hired.<br />The top industries that screen Facebook are those specializing in technology and sensitive information: Information Technology (63%) and Professional & Business Services (53%). <br />
  4. 4. What Can Cause You not to be Hired?<br />35% of employers reported they have found content on social networking site such as Facebook that caused them not to hire a candidate. <br />Top Examples<br /><ul><li>Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information- 53%
  5. 5. Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs- 44%
  6. 6. Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients- 35%
  7. 7. Candidate showed poor communication skills- 29%
  8. 8. Candidate made discriminatory comments- 26%
  9. 9. Candidate lied about qualifications- 24%
  10. 10. Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer- 20% </li></li></ul><li>Sometimes FacebookCan Get You Hired!<br />Top Examples<br /><ul><li>Profile provided a good feel for the candidate’s personality and fit- 50%
  11. 11. Profile supported candidate’s professional qualifications- 39%
  12. 12. Candidate was creative- 38%
  13. 13. Candidate showed solid communication skills- 35%
  14. 14. Candidate was well-rounded- 33%
  15. 15. Other people posted good references about the candidate- 19%
  16. 16. Candidates received awards and accolades- 15%</li></ul> 18% of employers reported they have found content on social networking sites that caused them to hire the candidate!<br />
  17. 17. Preventative Actions<br />There are some things you can do to your Facebook page before a job search!<br />Clean up your page before your job search. Remove photos, content, and links that may be undesirable to an employer.<br />Keep conflicts off-line. Keep your page professional and positive!<br />Remember that others can see comments that are not your own. Don’t be scared to delete or block comments.<br />Don’t mention your job search on Facebook if you’re still employed.<br />
  18. 18. Getting Fired Because of Facebook, Twitter, or Blogs<br /> An intern decided to write about stories on her personal blog about her very own Devil Wears Prada-esque experience working at Cutrone’s company. Needless to say, Cutrone read this post, immediately called the intern and publicly fired her in front of the rest of the interns. <br />Kelly Cutrone<br /> Kelly has been seen working as the boss of Lauren Conrad on The Hills and on her own reality show called Kell On Earth. Kelly is known as a boss who doesn’t put up with bullshit. <br />Don’t Be a Gossip Girl<br />
  19. 19. Should Employers be Judging Someone Based on Their FacebookAccount?<br /> Many college students don’t like knowing that employers are checking out their Facebook. But, many times someone’s Facebook account can tell a lot about someone.<br />
  20. 20. Not Just for Facebook<br />Many employers not only look at Facebook, but also LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, and other social networking sites, so apply the rules to all of the sites. <br />Don’t make the common mistakes!<br />Facebook can hurt or help you depending on your actions!<br />Don’t let Facebook hinder your chances at getting that big job!<br />
  21. 21. Sources<br />10 Privacy Settings all Facebook Users Should Know<br />Too Much information- social media and giving out too much information<br />Student Awareness of the Privacy Implications When Using Facebook, Pashly and Giovani.<br />Employers look at facebook too- CBSnews<br />Oregon Business Report- 45% of employers use facebook-twitter to screen applicants by Jennifer Grasz<br />Cosmopolitan Magazine-May 2010 issue. How to impress the hell out of your boss by, Kelly Cutrone. She tells a story about how she fired someone over a blog post.<br />