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Schoolies urged not to bare it all online

Thousands of young people party hard at one of the organised events at Schoolies on the Gold Coast.
Thousands of young people party hard at one of the organised events at Schoolies on the Gold Coast. Dean Saffron

SHARING too much information on social media could affect future employment prospects for schoolie revellers, a leading law firm says.

Aitken Legal Managing Partner Lisa Aitken said employers would be hesitant to hire an employee who appears to be a heavy party goer or displaying nudity or promiscuity on social media sites.

"Employers prefer to employ people who display responsibility and maturity and who are unlikely to let their personal life impact upon their work life," Ms Aitken said.

"If Facebook sites are public, clients can easily search for a person and all of their posted indiscretions are there to be seen and read.

"This may cause an employer concern in that it could damage the reputation of the business, particularly if they operate in a professional environment."

Ms Aitken said it was far too easy to do 'background checks' on prospective employees through social media avenues and the sight of wild partying and nudity may deter employers from hiring.

"Employers would also be concerned if they read postings by a prospective employee on Facebook that are 'trolling' - that is, bullying in nature," she said.

"An employer's concern would be that the person may engage in the same conduct in the workplace."

Topics:  employment, jobs, jobseeker advice, schoolies



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