Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Power of Facebook

Or how it can ruin your opportunities at getting a job. Facebook is a great place for friends, not so much for work, on the social networking website you can post pictures of yourself having fun, type your latest feelings about a movie you saw but be careful at what you're posting. If you plan on adding members from work or even your boss be cautious as already there have been many tales of people posting updates such as "Omfg today was so long and dull, my boss just kep giving me more and more to do, I hate him!" and resulting in their employers firing them pretty much the next day as when you work for a company you represent them in every way.

Don't do what teenage Kimberly Swann (pictured) did, in which she posted comments over a week complaining of the task she was recieving to which she was called into her Employers officed and fired on the spot with a written explanation of the reason for her termination from employment. The letter read:

'Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work, we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect.'
Obviously Swann was outraged at this saying that 'I was happy there, although they said I wasn't. It's not fair. I think it's really out of order but there is nothing I can do now.' Honestly if I was her employer judging from her Facebook updates it didn't seem like she was enjoying her job at all and I wholey side with the employer people have to remember that Facebook can either be public or private, once you're employed you now have to lives a private and a professional one, and in the long terms rather than trying to meld the two together it's just easiest to keep the two seperate.

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There are simple ways that events such as the one that befell Kimberly Swann can be avoided, keep Facebook personal! Don't accept that friend invite from your Boss or colleagues you're unfamiliar with and even then if a friend is also friends with the Boss and they comment on an update in which you've complained about your job your boss will still see it, so always consider what you're going to type before hitting return. Next is put your profile on limited view by simply adjusting your privacy settings to friends only. I guarantee this will save a lot of grief down the line, whilst you're closing yourself of the the odd chance of networking with new people you'll have complete control over you sees your profile. Do you really need 400+ friends on Facebook or just a good 50+ mix of close to moderate acquaintances?

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