New York — Feb. 9
Human resources professionals around the world can monitor what current and potential employees are doing and have done online.
According to the New Media Institute (NMI), both children and adults need to realize that what they do online could affect their future.
“What you post online is fair game for potential employers and university admissions representatives. With the rise in popularity of social networking sites, people simply need to be educated,” said John Spagnuolo, NMI president.
More than half (55 percent) of all U.S. youths 12 to 17 who are online use online social networking sites such MySpace or FaceBook, according to a recent national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
“What is terrifying is that what you post online is posted with indelible ink,” Spagnuolo said. “Even if you delete your profile or Web site, a record may still exist and can be searched.”
NMI offers the follwing tips:
- Never post anything online that you don’t want the entire world to see.
- Refrain from posting your full name.
- Never mention your employer in any nonprofessional profile. Many companies hire services that monitor the Web for their company name.