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如何在三分钟内毁掉你的职业生涯:在网上过度分享

上周日,加州大学洛杉矶分校学生Alexandra Wallace只用了三样东西就毁掉了自己的职业生涯:网络摄像头,上托式胸罩和2分52秒。她在YouTube上发布了一个自拍的极具种族歧视色彩的视频攻击“一大群亚洲人”。她在视频中谴责亚洲人在图书馆打电话询问受海啸影响的家人导致她无法在图书馆学习。

虽然她很快就把这个视频删除了。但这个视频却再一次被网民发了出来并广泛传播。到现在为止,这个视频已经被上百万的人看过。加州大学洛杉矶分校校长Gene Block在校长视频中谴责了这个女生的言论。与此同时,许多网友也制作视频回应Alexandra的言论。我最喜欢的是这个Hip Hop混音视频。视频截取了原视频的其中一部分来组成混音。虽然Alexandra已经对此事件道歉,但她的声誉却就此毁于一旦。她上周日的小动作将永远留在网上。

不要让自己变成Alexandra Wallace

虽然你们中间没有人曾经动过做这种傻事的念头。但我仍然看到你们中有些人在Facebook,renren或新浪微博上发表的言论是会影响你们个人形象的。

现在为止,你们应该已经听过很多叫你们不要把在派对上喝醉酒的照片发上网的言论了。虽然你们中的很多人不会在周五晚上参加派对消费自己。但你们在社会化媒体策略上的“不要做的事情”单子上的事情应该比上面的建议更多。

不要把你不想让雇主看见的东西发上网

我认识一个中国学生,姑且叫他Alexander。他想成为一个投资银行家。最近,他却在Facebook的状态栏写下了这句话:

“妈的,我刚“搞砸”了我的金融考试!!!!

在你要在网上发表言论前,假设你放上网的东西都是你潜在雇主衡量是否给你一个面试的标准。

Alexander:确定么?现在你也许会说我可以改变我的隐私设置,这样就只有我的朋友能看到我的新状态,雇主看不到了。而且我也不会加雇主为Facebook的朋友。但是我是个招聘者,你为什么又加了我为好友呢?

除此之外,Facebook频繁地更改它们的隐私政策,有谁能真正知道那些隐私设置的作用和意义?

让我们来假设Alexander所有在Facebook上的朋友都不是雇主(除我以外)。而且Alexander完全信任这些朋友不会把他不好的状态跟任何的雇主说。

他还是存在问题。

所有你放在网上的东西都会被你职业网络中的成员读到

早前的博客有提到,80%的工作往往都不是来自像我这样的招聘者活着近亲,近友。这些工作机会往往来自“微弱的联系”,或者是认识的人。换句话说,你的职业网络成员包括你在Facebook,人人,新浪或者twitter上的朋友。

所以,如果你是Alexander,而且你也希望人们能通过他们的职业网络给你介绍一个好的投资银行的实习,你觉得你还应该在网上说你刚刚搞砸了金融考试么?

保持积极

想想如果你是雇主,你会希望你的雇员拥有的所有素质。不妨从想那些有积极的外表,总能及时完成工作,不搞砸工作,不在吃午饭的时候抱怨生活的人开始。

脑海中有了这种概念,就用你的网络形象保持你的个人优势而不是阻止你去找工作。

所以,如果你刚刚搞砸了考试,或者你觉得很抑郁,或者你整在被你的女朋友气的七窍生烟,拿起电话,打给朋友。不要在网上抱怨。

在你要在网上发表言论前,假设你放上网的东西都是你潜在雇主衡量是否给你一个面试的标准。

是时候清扫自己的Facebook档案了么?

Alexander:你在听么?是时候去整理你的网络档案了。

大家:不要成为Alexandra Wallace或者Alexander。

你的网络形象就是你的个人形象。

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Discussion

12 Responses to “如何在三分钟内毁掉你的职业生涯:在网上过度分享”

  1. Nice post Joy!

    Yes I agree that nowadays our social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Renren are becoming much more public than before, and we really need to pay attention to what we put there, make it positive. Well, let’s say not for the purpose of finding a job, at least make others think we are happy and lively people:)

    BTW, great to see that GlobalRenCai.com has a brand new look!

    Posted by Yingying | 2011-03-16, 23:15
  2. Thanks for your post, Joy. You propose a very impressive and important viewpoint to us, which enlightens me. we’re grownup now and should keep in mind that in public or workplace we must try to behave professional and reliable. BTW, in my view, I think this UCLA girl actually express a reasonable point:not to speak loud in library. but, what she does wrong is: 1.notice her personal emotion,avoid to be a racist;2.she’d better find a proper outlet, eg.talk to her friends in private, not online. Thanks again for post.
    -a graduate student from USC

    Posted by Zhong | 2011-03-17, 00:21
  3. Zhong and Yingying: You make good points. For people my age, acts of youthful foolishness are long since forgotten, but for young people today who put stupid things online, the effects can last a lifetime. This is a somewhat scary reality of our times that we as a society have to come to terms with. Yingying, your blog is looking great!

    Posted by 陈愉 Joy Chen | 2011-03-17, 09:44
  4. 谢谢您陈女士。您的提醒很及时,也很到位!我会在今后注意的!

    Posted by xuchao | 2011-03-18, 00:42
  5. Hello Joy,
    Thanks for the reminder!
    It has been a while since I left a comment here last time. Your website looks very interactive and engaging!Congratulations on the new design!!!

    Posted by Evelyn Pan | 2011-03-21, 19:03
  6. It is similar to what happened to Conglin Li(李丛琳) last month.
    Perhaps feeling boring in her working hours, a woman doctor Conglin Li in Guangdong Province wrote a note on her Sina-twitter last month, said that she felt happy that a patient didn’t die until she was off duty (So that she won’t be bored to deal with the dead). Unfortunately, such a note quickly reposted by tens of thousands times and became a “public event”, as what happened to Alexandra Wallace’s video. Then they called her a “hardhearted-bitch”, tracked and got plenty of her private information, and vitally, they found out the hospital she is serving for.

    What’s worse, China is not as free and tolerant as the United States. When the administer officers in her hospital recognizing what was happening might destroy the reputation of the hospital, she was demoted to serve in the washhouse instead of as a doctor. And the administer officers pledged to the public that “she won’t be renominated as a doctor anymore”.

    So Conglin Li might even take less than one minute to ruin her career.

    Posted by Josui | 2011-03-22, 02:48
    • Xuchao, glad I can be helpful. Evelyn, thanks for the kind words. Josui, thanks for the great example of 李丛琳. Her example serves as a reminder to us all -students and alumni alike – that it can be too easy to “overshare” online. Better instead to use one’s online presence to advantage!

      Posted by 陈愉 Joy Chen | 2011-03-22, 08:26
  7. really smart comments!
    btw, r u going to hold other networking events besides the O.C. lately? thx!

    Posted by Weiya | 2011-03-25, 23:41

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  1. […] Alexandra Wallace事件最让人感到不可思议的是,她是无意中毁掉自己的职业生涯的。周日的下午有太多的闲暇时光,想都没想就按下了“上传”键。在互联网上分享变的越来越简易,我们也就越来越多地看到人们是如何因为在网络世界的过度分享,在瞬息间改变了自己的命运。 […]

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