WANT A JOB? BE VISIBLE ON FACEBOOK!
I once considered it a myth or a scary story – that employers actually look at each and every applicant’s Facebook accounts and other social networking pages before they hire. Scary. I was too scared that future employers will see how much of a scatterbrain I actually am, or that my page is too bland and I have no hint of creativity, or that I am too emotional with things that I post on my page – these things might hinder them from putting my resume in the “Hired” pile. My Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, Multiply, LiveJournal, and other web pages might even make them think twice before considering me for a second interview. But now I have learned that instead of fearing it, having a “cyber profile” can actually work to my advantage.
Here’s why. 🙂
Number one. I can furnish and equip these pages of mine with my good works [of art, haha!]. If you don’t already know (err, maybe you don’t), I love to write. I’m in love with writing in blogs, writing short stories, writing about things I’m really passionate about. In these cyber pages, I can put in the entries I’m most proud of, and these articles, stories, essays – you name it – they may get me one step closer to getting hired. If my target employer likes my content, my style, and my passion for writing, surely he or she will consider and re-consider (forever and ever!) that the job be given to me. Yeay! 🙂
Number two. I can show my true personality without getting attacked by forces of the unknown. (Huh? That made me stop, too!) Because I have the sole control over these pages, I can easily shift away from things that I consider will be negative or detrimental to my online personality. I can load my “online self” with things that really matter to me, and avoid the things that I do not want to deal with. I have the control, I have the power. 🙂 I can be as aggressive as I want to be, or I can be as mushy-lushy, soft-y type of person (the two extremes of my personality) without dealing with the general public. I can control my world. And I can show my true personality without fear of being judged (too quickly). 🙂
Number three. Well, at least they’d know that I know how to use the computer and the internet. 🙂 That’s a plus, eh? 🙂
Hmmm. I guess I just really have to remember what my other classmates have already posted on their respective blogs. In dealing with cyber pages and social networking sites, I must be very extra careful with the things that I share publicly.
For example, I will not post nasty remarks or comments about my co-workers, and worse- about my boss or future employer, or about the company I’m applying in, right?
Facebook can really be helpful – it’s just that now, it’s still kind of a distraction for students like me. 🙂
In the future, I will already have learned that Facebook and other social networking sites or the New Social Media in general – are a means for getting that headstart to being hired.
Oh no, now I’m getting WAY too excited for my first job hunt! 🙂
Better recall the passwords for all those online pages and start updating them STAT!