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In the Age of the Internet, Be Careful What You Post

March 24, 2009

It seems like such a distant concept that something we innocently post on Twitter can affect our future jobs. Well, we need to twitter-homepage1wake up and realize that the Internet is far from innocent. Almost anything you post online can be found by someone who is looking for it. For example, the “Cisco Fatty” is a recent phenomenon that blew up on the Internet over the past few days.

Someone posted on Twitter about a job offer from Cisco, and how they weren’t sure if they were going to take it because of “the fatty paycheck” or decline because of “hating the work.” To his shock, a Channel Partner at Cisco found this post and responded with: “Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”

Embarrassing? Absolutely. Think about what you might be posting on the Internet that could potentially get back to your future employers. Is your Facebook profile private? If it is, are you screening who you accept a friendship with? If it is public, are there photos of your wild weekend plastered all over the screen? Don’t forget we are in the age of the Internet, and you have to be careful with what you are posting. Don’t bash a company, an employee or and old boss on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media network. Think before you post so you don’t be come the next Cisco Fatty!

For the full Cisco Fatty encounter, click here.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 25, 2009 4:27 am

    Cool site! Thanks for the link!

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