Social Networks: Teaching Students How To Share

“Candidates need to be aware of their social media footprint’ when applying for jobs.”–  Andrew Brushfield, 2011

At the risk of sounding repetitive, we’re back with a quick follow-up to Rules of Engagement. Don’t worry, it’s short and to the point and you’ll thank us soon enough – preferably in the form of monetary donations towards theshare-button-linkedinmrmorris86 needs a Macbook Pro’ fund 🙂

Being young and socially savvy (check out all the pretty new icons on our contact page :-)), we’ve been getting familiar with the latest social ranking system, Klout [click here for a full run-down], this has included a few sneak peeks at their official blog. This week we stumbled upon something we thought you’d find useful:

I subscribe to my own “P.T.B” rule. I don’t post or share anything that I wouldn’t show or say to the face of my Parents, Teachers, or Bosses. – Joseph Teegardin

While Joseph is a social media professional, the practice applies across the share-with-facebookboard. Be it Marketing, Finance, Politics (if this is your chosen profession, personally I’d think it safer to stick to pencil, paper and a rubber), IT or Teaching, the message is the same; Think before you hit the “share” button!

“More than a third of bosses say they check potential employees’ Facebook profiles before offering them a job.”Sky News Online, May 2011

If you’re reading/watching/listening to something that you’d think twice about bringing up at an interview or at the dinner table, don’t share it on a public profile. It seems annoying to have to censor yourself but that’s for you to weigh up the pros and cons. Personally, I’d gladly trade posting a video of a man eating a live chicken (ACTUAL video :-S) for my ideal graduate job.

 To read the full post on Joseph Teegardin (by Megan Berry), visit the Klout Blog

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4 thoughts on “Social Networks: Teaching Students How To Share

  1. A hiring manager in past senior roles and having worked in social media for several years, I recently wrote a post on Google’s new online reputation tool that is designed to help people manage search results for their name, thus allowing them to neutralize the effect of negative content and commentary http://paedra.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/googles-new-online-reputation-management-tool-is-out-now/on my blog.

    The blog in general, and my daily tweets on http://twitter.com/@ganztolledinge may provide a useful source of information on social media, social networking and networks that would benefit both lecturers and students.

    • I cant count the amount of times i see people posting and tweeting and have the most MAD profile pictures – people need to THINK when something goes on the net – it STAYS there and yes everyone has access to it ESPECIALLY your employers

      Recently saw Incisive media one of the biggest media agencies undertake an intern hiring process and the application was solely based on their facebook profiles!

  2. Hey, thanks for this!

    I have a similar post, but yours is much more concise and better formatted 🙂 Short and to the point!

    My friend failed at the interview when they confronted him with a question: “I saw your facebook profile, you are holding a glass of wine in your profile picture. How do you explain that?”

    It can be really bad. Best advice is: when in doubt, do not post it.

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