A recent release from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has discovered students fear personal details and opinions expressed on Social Media websites, in particular Facebook, will damage their chances of being successful in job applications.
42% of the people surveyed by YouGov felt that the comments and posts they make online may threaten them in getting the job they have applied for.
The use of Social Media in everyday life for people has soared in recent times, and there have been several cases recently highlighting the raising dangers for brands for negative publicity and concerns about employee professionalism whilst using Social Media.
Business should be aware of good practice for Social Media and have IT Useage Policies and Professional Conduct Policies directly related to the use of Social Media for their staff.
Recently, Argos were involved in a case during which an member of staff was dismissed for complaining about his job on Facebook.
People should be aware of how they can adjust their privacy settings online, something Facebook has been keen to highlight over the past few months after some negative criticism of their own, whilst employers should also do what they can with training and policies to help avoid such situations.
Social Media, is after all, a two way street.