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June 12, 2006

For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Résumé

This article is ass... Written by people who obviously don't have a lot of knowledge about their subject. But, the general premise is very interesting, and true... At the company I work at, we routinely check people's MYSPACE profiles when they apply. Now, I've struggled with this a little, I mean, isn't that judge-jurry-executioner?!?! Don't worry friends, I got over it quick. I've decided it's a lovely way to weed out the people who appear to be Major Tools ahead of time. For instance, if the prospective employee is way to into music, or anime, or taking stupidass pictures of himself (I say him here because girls don't apply for QA jobs... seriously) then it's safe ot say we don't want to waste our time or his.

From the NY Times...

When a small consulting company in Chicago was looking to hire a summer intern this month, the company's president went online to check on a promising candidate who had just graduated from the University of Illinois.

At Facebook, a popular social networking site, the executive found the candidate's Web page with this description of his interests: "smokin' blunts" (cigars hollowed out and stuffed with marijuana), shooting people and obsessive sex, all described in vivid slang.

It did not matter that the student was clearly posturing. He was done.

"A lot of it makes me think, what kind of judgment does this person have?" said the company's president, Brad Karsh. "Why are you allowing this to be viewed publicly, effectively, or semipublicly?"

Many companies that recruit on college campuses have been using search engines like Google and Yahoo to conduct background checks on seniors looking for their first job. But now, college career counselors and other experts say, some recruiters are looking up applicants on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Xanga and Friendster, where college students often post risqué or teasing photographs and provocative comments about drinking, recreational drug use and sexual exploits in what some mistakenly believe is relative privacy.

(Link - NyTimes)

We here at the Realm offer this tidbit of information... Use a different email address for your MySpace profile & don't list your real name .. or only list your first... Do it goddamnit... Save yourself from these swine... How quickly employers forget about what the did in college? We here at the Realm encourage experimenting with various stimulants & stimulant combinations... You're only young once...

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