From: Tehrany, Bobak [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:34 AM
Subject: Interns and Graduates
I am a 2007 graduate working for Bury+Partners, Inc. in Austin, Texas these days and I just wanted to drop you a note about students applying for positions. Social media has become one of the most powerful tools these days and I probably use it just as much as everyone else. The most common one used by students is Facebook. Unfortunately, students still haven’t realized the fact that employers also use these tools to do background research on applicants, most specifically students who are trying to obtain internships or full-time positions. I find it amazing that a lot of students have information/pictures posted that are considered extremely questionable in a professional setting. If you can simply pass on a message to them that if they want to keep those types of items up, then they must set their privacy settings to a point in which no one but their friends can view them; otherwise, take them down, especially when applying for jobs. This is not something that we only see here. I have heard story after story from colleagues at other firms about applicants and their Facebook profile.
I truly appreciate everything you and the department did to prepare us for the “real world”. I hope you are doing well and look forward to the next time I’ll be in Aggieland to drop by and say hello.
All the best,
Bobak Tehrany ‘07
I’ve heard the same thing from numerous sources, and will certainly post your recommendations to the students.
Thanks, and good luck at B+P.