Have you heard of "Facebook stalking"? Most students have already begun to scour their personal information from Facebook pages as it can be easily accessed by potential employers. International companies indulge in using social networking sites ( such as Facebook, LinkedIn etc.) to check out candidates for a job. Don't you think it's the right time to think about Facebook stalking deeper?
Students understand that the image projected upon the potential employers by their online activity can be crucial. Many graduates seeking for a job have already resorted to changing their profile names so that employers could not find out real information about their personal lives. However, most of these students have nothing to hide or to feel ashamed of. So why are they pressured to conceal their identity in effort to get a job?
Probably because employers really can reject a person with a job if they find something wierd on him/her in the Internet. For example, rejection can be done in case your photographs are seen as inapproprite or you have posted content about drugs/alcohol. Boasting about how lot you have drunk with your friends hanging out last night isn't a good idea any longer. Moreover, you can be misjudged by a page you "liked" more than a year ago.
With the fierce competition on job market, many candidates are rejected on the basis of Google search. It's obvious that companies have to filter applicants and the best possible way for it is searching for their online activity in Facebook. So is it time for every job-seeker to remove discreditable photos from his profile?
A recent UK study claims that the more Facebook friends and partying photos a person has, the more evidences employers get that he or she is an experovert. This can be very important information for companies searching for a leader or a person who can comfortably work in team.
However, no matter how rich the source of information the company has, Facebook profiles can hardly show professionalism of a candidate. Is it really fair to assess a person viewing his or her profile's photo and content only?