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"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." ~ CS Lewis
Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analyst.
Instead of asking for résumés, the New York venture-capital firm—which has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and other technology companies—asked applicants to send links representing their “Web presence,” such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog. Applicants also had to submit short videos demonstrating their interest in the position.
I found this article at Ann Althouse and I find it very interesting because what it says is that Union Square Ventures, in addition to wanting to know what a candidate’s knowledge of social media may be, does not differentiate between their employees’ work life and behavior and their online life and behavior.
Think about that for a moment.
If I were a soon-to-be college graduate looking forward to getting my first job or someone who has been out of work for a while and decided to hangout on the internet to pass the time until the job prospects looked up or until my unemployment ran out, I would be thinking about how I have presented myself on the Internet. And don’t assume potential employers - even those that still request only résumés - won’t Google, Bing, and/or Yahoo! your name so they can learn about your online presence. It is becoming more and more expensive to keep current employees, let alone hire new ones, so employers want to make sure they are spending their money wisely by trying to find the highest quality and most well-rounded candidates as possible.
So, what is the moral of this story? If you thought you were free to say anything online no matter how outrageous, ridiculous, or vapid because you assumed the online world and the real world were separate and would never co-mingle or overlap, think again. Words mean things, and the words you have used on the internet are not going away. Ever.