Job seekers beware: Online profiles give employers "digital dirt"

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 This Morning, April 1, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- What goes around, comes around. These days there's more information online than ever before. And that information could hurt you and your future.

"I'm very careful what I post on Facebook because a lot of employers now a days are starting to look at your Facebook and your Myspace pages, and seeing what you post there, and try to get a better understanding of the person that they're looking towards," ASU Student, Joseph Burton said.

And it's pretty easy to dig for personal information. With Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter you can share things like your photo albums, hobbies, and personal interests.

"The technology world has made it just so easy for a perspective employer to find out exactly what your life stands for," MAU WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, Randy Hatcher said.

And that's why some people stay away from it, all together because it's online for all eyes to see. Discriminatory remarks, profanity, provocative pictures, unprofessional e-mail addresses and screen names, and pictures that involve drugs and alcohol.

"And so if you're out at a party and you're having fun and you're drinking too much that night and somebody snaps a picture of you and puts it on their Facebook account. You didn't even intend for that to be on the Internet, and now it's on the internet and your future employer sees that," Hatcher said.

Randy Hatcher says employers are spending anywhere between 2 minutes to 30 minutes searching online for information about a job candidate. Hatcher says he Googles their name, and checks Facebook. He says resumes have been tossed aside because of what he found online. And in this economy, the last thing you want to do is leave an unflattering trail behind.

Another red flag for employers is an unprofessional voice mail message or a vulgar song on the voice mail.


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