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No Secrets

Mom pointed me to
This article
in the newspaper abbout how companies are using blogs and other information available on the internet to make employment decisions. I try not to post anything I wouldn't want to answer for. I've learned painful lessons about that before. But I can understand the concerns. I honestly don't know how the internet and stuff like this will resolve. But I hope when/if employers see my LJ or facebook experiences, they'll see the story of an imperfect person who learns from mistakes and tries to do the right thing.

What does worry me is what others will say about me online...

I honestly think that employers need to take the fact that people are people into account. We automatically assume that if a person joins a facebook group that says something about drinking they're going to be an awful person. That's not true. I have friends who make choices I don't agree with, but they are my friends because they're awesome people. They work hard, they play hard. I'm not saying that going out and drinking makes you a hard worker, but I am saying that what you see online can be a very skewed picture.

Just my thoughts.



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Mar. 10th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
I agree, it is scary. There is such an artifical environment about the net. It has great potential for discussion, learning and great stuff, but also the potential to destroy.
Mar. 10th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
I agree with you.... I think it's sad that people judjge someone based on what they see online. I've recently edited my facebook groups not because I'm worried about what people think but because some of them didn't exactly reflect my new set of beliefs.... I think that actions speak louder than words... If I say I'm a Christain that needs to be apparent in everyting I do... Also like you're last commenter said there is always the friends only approach...

Hope all is well!! Have a great weekend!!!

Mar. 10th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, friends only is good, but I find that having a friends-only post makes it hard for me to remember who knows what. It's a very interesting tension.
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
"The Internet is like a billboard or painting on the side of a building," said Olsen, who advises companies on electronic communication issues. "But because people are doing the communicating from a computer in their bedroom, they think of the Internet as private. Right now we are in a funny place where people are posting private things and they have no idea how public it really is."

Places like MySpace are getting destroyed in the media. The Dateline NBC Special shed lots of light on pedophiles, as only one example of many. We fail to think of the absolute consequences of our reading/writing. One can think that their (potential) employer has no idea of how to dig up profiles. These days, it's easy. Some folks are unaware that, as soon as they type - they make a record of exactly where they've been, even though those words are deleted.
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
This is one lesson I learned the hard way. It hasn't had employment consequences, just personal ones. I worry for people when they learn these lessons because they are very hard to deal with.
Mar. 10th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I completely agree that it should be taken into account that people are people. However, there are nosy people out there who, in some instances, are actively looking for things to nail people on. I've started using the friends only protection pretty heavily, especially when I write about anything personal. Better safe than sorry.
Mar. 11th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
I know what you're talking about. It's part of why I'm not very active on email lists. You see someone get totally flamed and you wonder when it's your turn. I've decided to take the risk with my blog, but am pretty careful about certain things.
Mar. 11th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Your BLog
You shoudl be very proud of your blog. It's very enat and orderly and well thought out. If I was an employer and saw it, i would hire you right off because you're just so with it and you write so eloquently.
I know what you mean about joining certain groups and being...not ridiculed about it but being called on it, you know? It's kinda awkward but if people misjudge that's their problem.
Take care.
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