I ‘like’ the new admissions/hiring process…

Grades, extra activities, a full and well presented resume, criminal records – all of these things are what we expect to be checked when applying to colleges or jobs.

But now this simply isn’t enough.

The computer mouse is now in the hands of the people who decide the path of our future as they look at social networking sites and the internet to view a larger profile.

Kaplan Test Prep strives to give students advice and information concerning admission tests and in its recent survey it has stated that: “Over a quarter of college admissions officers today include Google or Facebook in applicant evaluations.”

The number of these checks, which has negatively impacted on a students’ admission to a college of their choice, has tripled since last year, it now stands at 35%.

As if the stress of applying to college isn’t enough – you now have to proof read your social network accounts as well as your essays.

For those looking to apply for jobs within the media field it is highly expected that you have social networking accounts, blogs, Twitter- anything that keeps you connected with the internet world, but now we have to be more careful than ever.

There are Facebook spies out there and we may not be getting the places or jobs we would like if we don’t uphold the ‘right’ internet behaviour.

Plagiarised, offensive, liable posts can come back to haunt us and have a devastatingly bad effect on our education and career.

What we once thought was a bit of ‘fun’ and non-academically assessed activity has now become a deciding factor to whether we get that all important college place or job.

While some may think that this is an outrageous violation to privacy and an unethical method of administration, I personally think that it is necessary.

I am well aware that this is the last thing that people expect to inhibit their chances of entry to a college or job, as it is considered fun and unconnected professionally, but it is important information to take into account.

With the fight to get into your choice of further education being more difficult than ever we need to make sure that the best person gets the place.

A prospective student may look great on paper, come across wonderful in an interview but this is all very well. When it comes to flicking through Facebook photos or searching their name in Google sometimes the reality is that they aren’t the person they write or say they are.

What is privacy on the internet anyway? Surely when posting last night’s pictures of a messy night out on the town on Facebook, or inappropriate page liking, or comments on others walls you expect it to be seen by others scowling the internet.

When posting on the internet you are posting to the world. If more than one person other than you views something online it is considered a communication.

This idea opens up a new tab were a communication may be held liable if untrue which defames another person or company– another area where we need to be careful what we post online.

I think we all need to take a lesson from this before we start posting material deemed unacceptable internet behavior and to think before we click update, like, post, add- whatever!

A Facebook page is not a personal diary only to been seen by the writers eyes, it has no lock and is open to many readers just as if the pages were printed and handed out at school.

Click here to watch a FOX News broadcast about employers checking Facebook.

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About hparr247

Glasgow Caledonian University journalism student who has studied at Stony Brook University in New York. Curious and amazed about the world, what it is up to, and its people.
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