Antics? You Never Know Who Is Watching!
process of communicating with each other is a constantly evolving
development. Twenty years ago few of us could have imagined how the
power of the internet would change our lives, or that cell phones
would replace restrictive landlines. Now young people prefer to
communicate via instant messaging or through social websites like
MySpace (40 million users) or Facebook (30 million users).
But there is a downside to all of this free flow of
information. Sometimes there is too much information available "out
there" on the web. That is especially true for job seekers. In the
past, employers might — emphasis on "might" — contact one or more
references provided by a job applicant in order to get a better
sense of the individual's work history and habits. But reference
checking took time and effort, and often produced little information
Today, however, it is a quick and easy process for
an employer to do a background check over the internet. In a matter
of seconds, an interviewer can simply "Google" a job candidate to
see what information pops up. Or, with a little more effort, an
employer can dig deeper to search court records or social networking
So what pops up? That depends on the candidate, of
course. At one end of the spectrum, if you have a criminal record
and try to hide on your resume or during an interview, it won't look
good if your mug shot shows up on-line.
But even relatively
innocent fun can make a poor impression on an employer. Remember
when you posted all of those crazy digital photos on-line following
that wild keg party in the woods? Is that something you want your
new boss to see? Or how about a MySpace profile that boasts that you
love to "party all night"? Or that picture of you in full "Goth"
mode? This might not exactly be the kind of image you want to portray
when seeking a responsible position in the NDT world.
can you save your reputation from, well… yourself? The simple answer
is to avoid any unsavory activities (or at least avoid posting
evidence for the world to scrutinize). Employers, for the most part,
cannot expect all job candidates to be saints, and may even look
back fondly upon the recklessness that comes with youth.
However, before you are hired, they have to make absolutely
sure you will be a positive asset to their company. That process
will be much easier for them, and much more beneficial to you, if
you present yourself—both on-line and off—as responsible individual.
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