In this day and age, phones, tablets, and computers have become extensions of the human body. We constantly check our news feeds and update our statuses and post pictures for our friends to see. I repeat, for our friends to see. Social media was never intended for job purposes. it was never supposed to be something that your possible future employer could look at and judge you for it.
I don’t think it’s right for employers to make hiring decisions based on one’s social media profiles. I know that most, if not all, of us speak and act differently at work than we do when we are out with friends at a bar. So why do employers nowadays feel the need to review you based on your social media? I don’t think it’s a fair critique.
Personally, I have made the decision to not make my social media pages private. I have absolutely nothing to hide. If an employer chooses to judge me by what I do on the weekends, then it’s their loss for not hiring an extremely diligent and hardworking businesswoman. I probably wouldn’t want to work for someone who is that quick to judge anyway.
I firmly believe that work life and personal life is separate. What I choose to express through social media is part of my personal life that, again, I am sharing with my friends, not my employer.