Facebook & Job Success


All over the internet today it seems, is reporting about a study recently published in Journal of Applied Social Psychology. In the study, the researchers used people's Facebook pages to establish a 'personality score'. More friends, more pictures of you out and about and more status updates gave a higher score. Later, they compared that score to evaluations given by employment supervisors and a correlation was found. The more pictures of you on Facebook with your friends, the more likely you are to be successful at work, is the quick conclusion which is making headlines everywhere it seems.

However, as one of the researchers says in this article: http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/22/10479218-facebook-pr..., it's really not that simple. First, they only looked at 56 Facebook profiles. Second, it's one piece of research.

Third, do you to be the one who test out that research by putting pictures of yourself drunk on Facebook? I wouldn't. What are you going to say to a hiring manager who won't hire you because of it? "Some professor told me it would be okay?" Didn't think so.