Facebook users- beware.
With the continuous growth of Facebook and other online social networks comes problems that have never been faced before.
Most troublesome is that employers are now searching potential employees’ Facebooks and they’re finding things they don’t like. Photos, statuses and wall posts are being observed. If the employer finds “unprofessional” items, it could possibly hurt the applicant’s chances of being hired.
These searches are used here at Penn Manor when the district is looking to hire for a professional position.
“It doesn’t play a huge part, but we like to see what the employee is like outside the interview. Anyone can look professional,” Principal Philip Gale said.
Students of Penn Manor, though the applying-hiring process may be off in the future, will still be eligible to be “searched”.
Ryan Davisson, part of the technology department at Penn Manor said, “What’s safe now might not be in the future.”
Although employers have tapped into this resource, teenagers may not be taking it as seriously as they should.
Sophomore Junior Suarez said, “I used to have pictures of me partying from when I was like, 13 and I am worried about it, honestly. But there’s nothing I can do now.”
Suarez is not alone.
“Even if you don’t put [pictures] up, you can’t control what your friends post,” said junior Greg Gydush.
Some students seem to believe they have a sneaky solution.
Like many, junior Sam McCrery said, “I’ll probably just delete [my Facebook] when I start looking for jobs.”
Unfortunately, deleting is not fool-proof.
District Technology Director Charlie Reisinger explained that typically, anything posted can’t be completely deleted. Facebook, and similar sites, must back up all of their data, ensuring users that they will always have access to it. Screenshots taken by other users of your personal information could also surface later on.
“Even if you delete an account, that doesn’t mean it’s not still out there,” said Reisinger.
With an increasingly competitive job market and a current unemployment rate of 9.7%, keeping a clean and professional appearance both off- and online is the key to staying in the game.
“Don’t put anything anywhere that could come back and bite you in anyway,” said Reisinger.
By Sarah Schaeffer and Simon Zimmerman