I am fascinated by some of the discussions I see taking place either on Facebook or Twitter. Something caught my eye last night during a job hunting chat that made me wonder just where in the world this is all going.
The "what do employers look for on your Facebook page?" topic came up. Many participants jumped right in with what they suspect companies might be finding - and how they react to those findings.
Being someone who sees many of these issues in black and white - and having an employer's perspective I jumped in. "Set your FB page to private. Problem solved." You'd think that would pretty much cover it, right? Well - it didn't.
A guy jumps in with "Transparency is the key". What? Transparency? Drunk pictures? Your obsession with Lady Gaga? Your string of Farmville lameness? This is what you think highlights you as a candidate? No way!
So in this short little back and forth (with a soon to be college graduate ready to jump into the work force) it dawned on me just how misinformed many of these poor kids are. Employers don't need - and should NOT know every thing about your personal life. It is lunacy to think this does anything other than give employers a reason to pass you by.
It ended on this final note from him: "....it is a social culture now, nothing is private."
Is that where we are? Nothing is private? Have these kids no sense of discretion? Who is telling them this? Where do we go from here?