Employers are not just accepting prospective applicants’ resumes, they are checking out their social networking forums. In too much information, the authors discuss how people will post just about anything on social networking sites. They warn that it is becoming routine for prospective employers to scour applicants profiles via Facebook or MySpace to find out more about the person than what is stated in their resume. Prospective applicants have lost job opportunities when their Facebook profile exposes them in a non-favourable light.
There is also the question of safety. Many people will accept Facebook’s request to be a friend without even knowing who they are linking with. They reveal personal details which could be used for identity theft.
Educating young people to build profiles which identify their talents and strengths via blogs and e-portfolios will enable them to present a positive image for their future job prospects. Awareness of stranger-danger online will safeguard their identity. Web 2.0 tools are great, but they need to be used with awareness.