Pro: We are what we tweet
What does your Facebook say about you?
Are you self-absorbed because you post 100 plus times a day, or just up to date?
Are your a wild drunkard because of that photo album, or do you have more experience because of it?
We all want to find the right job, and no one likes being laid off because of a bad fit. No one in management enjoys firing someone because they are nothing like the picture their resume paints of them.
Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are a constantly updating picture of you, and companies should look at them, not so they can see all the college photo’s that make you look like a drunk idiot, but so they can see the strong community ties you have, and the charisma that keeps people trying to contact you.
Every post can help you find the right job, while a bank might not hire you to be teller after finding out that you stay up until 4 a.m. at clubs four times a week, those clubs might think you will make a great bartender or waiter.
The picture of your blue hair and pink suit might not excite a accounting firm, but a indie magazine might think it makes you the perfect person to manage their accounts.
As America is in a recession, all American companies need to get the right people for the right jobs, and that means that they should use every tool available to do so.
Furthermore, sites like Facebook and Twitter already use the information found on your profile to streamline advertisements, and then sell that information in bulk to advertising firms. Google has long funded itself by practicing this.
If these companies were to sell the same information they use to specialize advertisement to people looking to hire you, that would enable them to increase the size of their company, creating more jobs.
And while they expand in size and create more jobs, the companies they are selling the information to are able to be more accurate in their hiring process, making it so the company as a whole is more efficient, which will lead those companies to expand, thus creating more jobs, in a ever increasing circle that pulls our entire country out of a recession.
So why shouldn’t these sites sell the same information to human resource departments and be able to expand and create more jobs in the process of doing so?
They should, and they are starting already doing so.
So get online, clean yourself up, and make sure your profile represents the real you, so that instead of it being used against you, it simply acts as an edge to show that you’re the perfect fit in the perfect job at the perfect place, for you.