Constantly, I hear for fellow students of mine say that they do not believe Facebook and other social networking websites (Twitter, LinkedIn, Myspace….) do not have any negative effects on their future and jobs. They believe that their future employer isn’t “cool” enough to use such a tool. However, I recently had a conversation with my manager at my internship, who straight out told me that she has used it when hiring people as well as looked to see if they are “googable.” What I mean by that is, if someone were to type your name in google, information about you would appear. I thought she made up the term to describe what she was doing but sure enough, during my summer internship, she wasn’t even close to the last person that asked me if I was googable and what they would find on me. My manager warned me that she has turned down applications for jobs because of someone’s facebook. People need to realize that they aren’t the only one applying for a job and when there is 50+ people for one job, the employer will look for any reason to knock you out!
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