Your social media accounts are your own private soap boxes. You can tell the world what you think about anything, speak your mind openly about topics that are important to you, and communicate with other people in your line of work. You can do all of this without causing a fuss, or so you thought. Just make sure that you don’t post anything malicious, racist, or offensive.
Otherwise, the chances of you getting that next job may be slim to none. There’s a new service on the Internet called “Social Intelligence,” and it aims to let all of your future employers know what you’ve been saying on every social media platform.
How Social Intelligence Works
HR employees from all over the world can sign up for Social Intelligence’s service. Once the price has been paid, this service will conduct a thorough search of all social networking platforms looking for the names of potential candidates. Since most people have posted something on Facebook or sent out a Tweet at least once, this information is not hard to come across. Plus, Social Intelligence claims to have its own research methods.
As soon as information has been gathered about a person, Social Intelligence sends this information to its client. This may seem like a breach of some law, but Social Intelligence claims that employers can only see employee details that pertain to a specific job. Let’s say, for example, you want to work at a chemical plant. If you’ve recently posted on Twitter that you enjoy causing chemical explosions, this information may be relayed to a potential employer.
Why This Service May Not Be Fair
From an employer’s perspective, Social Intelligence is a great service. Employers don’t have to spend hours looking for information about job candidates. From a worker’s perspective, Social Intelligence seems like a violation of rights. This service may also be unfair, since people tend to change over the course of a few years.
Even though a potential employee may have waxed poetic about a certain job or employer, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the person in question still feels the same way. Keeping this in mind, employers who use Social Intelligence should be aware of posting dates. If you happen to be looking for a job, try your best to conduct a thorough search of your own social platform postings. If you can delete some incriminating evidence, you may have a better shot at that dream job.
Why Employers Like Social Intelligence
Not only can employers find needed information about employees through this service, but it’s also possible to find out whether or not someone is bashing a company. If the company that you own is being talked about on Twitter or Facebook, you can review this information quickly.
In some cases, you may even be able to stop people from talking about your business. Before you can use the Social Intelligence service, you’ll have to sign some paperwork that’s somewhat thorough. Make sure to read the fine print before signing on the dotted line.