Social media has transformed and expanded the job search for both the employer and the employee. With access to different media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, employers have the ability to get a glimpse into what a person is really like outside of an interview. For the employee, the search has become significantly easier due to easy access to company information and applications on job search databases.
Young people continue to place more and more personal information on social media outlets, not realizing that the information will be forever stored on the Internet. Future prospective employers can find and decide whether a person is worth interviewing based on information from his or her Facebook or Twitter posts. Some seemingly insignificant post when a girl was in middle school could come back to haunt her in an interview. Even if that post in no way reflects who she is after college, a prospective employer can base an opinion about her before she even has a chance to speak with him. For this reason, children and young adults must continually monitor what they say and what other say about them on social media. It is scary to think that a friend could post something embarrassing on social media about you and that could have an impact on a future job, but this is the world we live in.