“In Your Facebook” sparks debate on social media and the job search

in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
September 22nd, 2011

On Monday, September 20th, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center hosted a panel, “In Your Facebook,” which focused on the use of social networks in professional networking and the job search. Associate Professors John Carroll and Stephen Quigley of the College of Communication, and Eleanor Cartelli, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications for the Center for Career Development, focused on the use of tools like Facebook and LinkedIn, and touched on implications of students making every aspect of their lives public online.

(L-R) John Carroll, Eleanor Cartelli and Stephen Quigley discuss professional and personal applications of social tools at "In Your Facebook."

(L-R) John Carroll, Eleanor Cartelli and Stephen Quigley discuss professional and personal applications of social tools at "In Your Facebook."

A debate sparked on the Internet’s role in broadening or limiting users’ world views. Professor Carroll warned against limiting news sources to online-only, and advised using “Old Media” to avoid the “echo chamber” phenomenon (consulting only sources we agree with, cutting off other opinions.)

Professor Quigley contrasted Carroll’s view, pointing out that following colleagues on Twitter broadened his horizons and introduced him to sources he never would have seen otherwise.

Cartelli advised students to try new social networks rather than shy away from them, and to work on being well-rounded digital citizens. Quigley encouraged attendees to be mindful of their “digital footprints,” and to work on curating their story on the web (blogging, search results) before walking into an interview.

The full discussion will be available shortly on BUniverse.


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