08Nov- to possible applicants as well as applicants in general
Here's something i don't understand.
the facebook and the myspace aren't exactly elite or secret groups. or like that high pitched sound that allegedly only the youngsters hear.
why do so many applicants sabotage themselves by having embarrassing, telling photos online?
Your online activities can be extraordinarily public. if you want to cut up and act the fool, do so but don't use the same name or email address that you send to a potential employer.
It's great for us because it can speed up the interview process by clarifying how poorly you might fit in. But that's not exactly fair. Photos of you flipping the camera off or crossing your arms over your chest while puffing angrily at the camera may not mean that you wouldn't be a kind and attentive server but it does certainly suggest how you want the internet (read: the world) to perceive you.
if, among your interests, you count indulging in something until you die, that's a bit of a red flag. overindulgence in this business is far too common and i hate having to field the phone call of "yeah, i -whatever- too much last night and i need the day off."
one argues that your business is your business and that's absolutely right. but same here. and if your business is as easily discovered as putting your address into a social networking site which then yields a plethora of choices and mistakes that remind me of why i don't want children then that might very well eventually reflect on my business. maybe it won't but maybe it will.
moral of the story: be careful what you put online. even if you're not applying for a job, just be aware.