Brad Karsh, President of the society of students Jobbound Chicago Council, had noted a promising intern for the summer. To confirm his first impression, he went to look at Facebook on the Internet, a very popular site for young people, on which students exchange ideas with friends or they arrange their photo album. Brad Karsh is certainly more student, but he has kept in his old University .edu email address and therefore had no difficulty to surf Facebook. Soon, he found his candidate. And déchante immediately. "My so promising student declared enjoy marijuana and proclaimed his hatred of white people." I am sure that it was a lot of bad jokes, finds Brad Karsh. But me in has said much about his lack of common sense. "The promising career of the young man in Jobbound stopped there.
The success of community networks for young surfers is double-edged. These virtual coffee growing for two years, bring together millions of fans. Facebook displays 9 million users, MySpace claims more than 100 million members ready to show blogs, pictures, stories...
"He did y nothing private."
Students who love to tell their stories on the Net, think be between them. "They feel protected, isolated from the rest of the world", provides Michael Sciola, Director of the centre for information on the careers of the Wesleyan University in the State of Connecticut. Facebook, in particular, proposes to limit access to the personal information to only knowledge of the campus. But, in reality, everyone can have access to the secret gardens of new graduates. And recruiters not deprive. It is sufficient to the employer to ask a young hired the company to lend his student's e-mail address, or slip into the skin of his son at the school. Or simply search on Google or Yahoo! engines. "From the time your information arrived on the Internet, they are in public, he did y nothing private", said Lauren Swaintek, responsible for marketing at business, a manufacturer of software in Washington DC. Job recruiters look regularly on the Web that tell their hired future. "This we give a better idea of their personality, says Lauren Swaintek." And, bonus, this enables us to identify potential candidates that display interests or desires of corresponding to the culture of our society.
"Learn as possible".
"Hire someone is a big investment for companies, said Brad Karsh, they want information as possible about the prospects. Michael Sciola, Wesleyan University, is convinced that more and more companies adopt this approach. "I have no evidence, acknowledged." But this year, I had good candidates who however did not interview with recruiters... I think that their personal pages on the Internet were disqualified.
When Michael Sciola today presents its information centre new students to campus, he multiplies the advice: "Finished funny voicemails, grotesque addresses and photos of holiday sprayed on Facebook." However, the use of the sites Myspace, Facebook, Classmates and other Friendster is not to ban. Because these networks, which can destroy a CV, can also open the doors of a company big. A CV correctly highlighted the good network can make the difference. Mareza Larizadeth, one of the founders of Doostang (65,000 members), installed on the canvas a club limited to alumni of major universities. These former Stanford graduates of MIT and Princeton prevent their peers when a position opens in their business bank, their "hedge fund" or their ad agency. This network then do betray you not.