Editorial Board/FIUSM Staff
When you walk into an interview, the clothing you wear isn’t the only thing some employers are looking at. With the breadth of information available to employers through social media and using search engines, employers can research you before you step foot into interview.
Savvy students and applicants typically make risqué or questionable content private, however as seen with the content posted by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, private content can still be found and released. Members of the fraternity posted about the “Pike Pharmacy,” hazing and other misconduct in a Facebook group they had thought was private and safe.
Those posts were never intended to be seen by other members of the FIU community, as the content was private to the members of the group. However, the posts were screen-captured by someone that had access to this private group. The revelation of these posts prove that nothing can be definitely private online because there is always a way to access private content – whether it’s private to one person or a hundred – people tend to forget about the easiest way to “hack” into these profiles: by simply borrowing an electronic device and opening logged-on social media accounts.
The Beacon wants to recommend to all students pursuing a degree here at FIU to think twice before you hit ‘send’ because those posts cannot be taken back once they go public. Once someone views that post, the damage has already been done.It’s the same thing you’ve heard hundreds of times in high school and at orientation, but The Beacon cannot stress enough how important this is.
Employers – and universities for that matter – are checking to see what you are posting on Facebook and Twitter to get an idea of their potential employees. Take down those pictures of you holding red solo cups, stop ranting about your crazy girlfriends and maintain a clean image.
Would you want your grandmother reading through your Facebook page? If the answer is no, chances are you wouldn’t want a future employer or your university president seeing it either.