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Should Schools Help Grads Hide Negative Online Images From Potential Employers?

Some universities are helping grads with their job search by hiding what employers may find when they do a search online. Images of college students “having a good time” find their way onto the Internet increasingly with the rise of social media.

The first thing many employers do is perform a search of a job candidate’s name. An image of someone in a college newspaper versus a photo of someone partying can be the difference between scoring the job or well, unemployment.

On today’s Cashin’ In, the panel weighed in on whether schools should help students cover their tracks. Tracy Byrnes said, “This is basically saying there is no accountability

in the world anymore.”

Jonathan Hunt had a different take, “This is modern day equivalent of fixing up you resume. I mean you know unfortunately many of them have some YouTube moments and they want to pretty up their picture before they go out in the real working world.”

He added, “What about an educational system that maybe encourages kids to think a little bit more critically, not to get themselves into potentially damaging experiences or documents online, to think a little bit more long term, not to be so pragmatic, so spur of the moment. I think that ultimately is the solution to help better kids’ reputations online and off.”

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