MySpace Content Might Hurt Career Options

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<p><strong>McLean, Va. &mdash; June 14</strong><br />Fanny tattoo photos, a wet T-shirt contest video, detailed accounts of a crazy party and other dirty laundry might be the stuff of friendly entertainment on social media sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube, but the problem is that these same images also might be the last impressions many job seekers are leaving with savvy employers. </p><p>A growing number of recruiters and hiring managers are now investigating social media content as part of the candidate-selection process, said Rob McGovern, a career expert and Jobfox CEO and chairman.</p><p>&ldquo;Companies are looking for the best and brightest candidates,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;A risqu&eacute; posting could mean the difference between getting hired and losing out to another candidate who is without social-media baggage.&rdquo;</p><p>McGovern dubs this development &ldquo;a contemporary business scruples issue.&rdquo; He said career-minded professionals should:</p><ul><li>Be aware that everything said and done online is now becoming part of one big giant public record.<br /></li><li>Have fun on social media sites but say little to nothing that might turn off a prospective employer.<br /></li><li>Keep a healthy perspective on this new trend &mdash; most companies really don&rsquo;t want to know everything about your private life.</li></ul><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s OK to talk about your crazy pet ferrets, but I wouldn&rsquo;t advise posting photos of your fanny tattoos to the Internet&rsquo;s public and permanent archive,&rdquo; McGovern said. &ldquo;Personal privacy remains a hot Internet topic and now &mdash; 100 million MySpace pages later &mdash; a new generation of Internet users are learning to cope in a less-private world.&rdquo;<br /><br />Jobfox, formerly Market 10, relaunched with its new brand in April and is providing precise job fits between professionals and employers in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay areas.</p><p>McGovern recently launched Jobfox to make it more efficient and more private for career-minded professionals to stay informed of and apply to job opportunities that are closely linked with their capabilities and desires. </p><p>Jobfox plans to launch its online job marketplace in the Boston area over the summer.</p>

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