But Really, Are Potential Employers Reading Your Tweets?

Posting on social media (or even on this blog) can cause me immense anxiety. I have so much that I want to say, but so many fears about saying it. Are these song lyrics going to prevent me from getting the job of my dreams (even though I’m just sharing them ’cause they’re totally stuck in my head)? Is this opinion going to result in a future employer thinking less of me?

I probably delete around 20% of my tweets within the first two minutes of posting them, just because I don’t want my words to be misconstrued.

Honestly, part of the reason social media makes me so nervous because I don’t want my personal thoughts as a user of the internet to influence my professional standing, especially at this pivotal time in my life where I’m applying to full-time positions. I’d like to think that I generally don’t post anything that would make one think less of me as candidate, but how can I be sure?

69% of employers have rejected a candidate as a result of what they’ve seen on social media. Maintaining one’s social profile is almost like holding down a second full-time job as one’s own Public Relations team.

I guess the simple solution would be to stop using social media so actively, but it’s a double-edged sword. I love what social media stands for and what one can do with it. I love communicating with others, interacting with people I wouldn’t normally have the chance to interact with, and the myriad of other affordances different social networks allow. I love having relevant news and information at my fingertips (..though I could live without the companies running the sites mining my profile for data.)

Here’s a cool infographic produced by Reppler about ways that employers are screening applicants:

How much thought do you put into creating your social presence? Will this data influence your posting habits? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Why I Wouldn’t Bank on SnapCash

So yesterday I (like many of you, I’m sure) glanced down at my smartphone to see that I had received a snap from Team Snapchat. I tried to think to myself what this could be about – it’s not a holiday right? There’s no big sports thing on right now that I should probably know about, but simply don’t care? But nope, I was greeted to (the abridged version of) this:

Oh boy. Now don’t get me wrong – I majored in Musical Theatre in high school. I can appreciate a cheesy dance number – especially one with tappers. Especially, especially one about money! There’s Money from Cabaret, We’re in the Money from 42nd Street – believe me I’m all about it.

But then Mr. Monopoly’s deranged, evil uncle comes out telling me to connect my debit card to my snapchat – “a wiiiiiiise investment at any aaaaage.” Again, I’ll say it, oh boy.

Really Snapchat? Really?

Why on EARTH would I connect my debit card to a service known for making things disappear into thin air? Immediately there’s a disconnect in my mind – if I wanted to make money ~*disappear*~ I could do that without the help of an app. I would just head on over to modcloth.comPlus, with its lack of transparency, the company isn’t exactly known for making the maintaining of a customer’s privacy a priority. I don’t think anyone should be too quick to hop on the bandwagon.

The majority of Snapchat users are in their teens and early twenties. Already this new service will not be used by a good chunk of your audience, considering you need to be at least 18. I’m also curious as to how this will be enforced. How can you ensure that the only folks using this service are over 18? How do you know they didn’t just steal mommy or daddy’s card and register it to their account?

While engagement on the site may be high (especially in that coveted millennial demographic), there are so many better ways to quickly transfer money, including often through an app run by the bank itself. Or just walking to an ATM, taking out cash, and handing it to another person. That works too.

How often do people our age transfer money to each other anyway? This is a serious question. The only people who really would ever put money into my bank account would be my parents (but really, they haven’t done that in years) or my employer, and that’s what direct deposit is for.

Perhaps they’re trying to get in on Apple Pay’s market.. but even if they are I think they need to worry about establishing their brand as one to be trusted by users before requesting access to their bank accounts.

Sorry Snapchat. Thanks, but no thanks.