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Lighter Side: Why you shouldn’t ask for career advice on the internet

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HC Online | 22 May 2015, 08:29 AM Agree 0
One undecided applicant had his promising job offer revoked after bosses spotted his post on a question-and-answer site.
  • DigitalLiteracy4EVA | 25 Jun 2015, 03:17 PM Agree 0
    The title of this article is misleading. It should be called "Why you should develop digital literacy before asking for career advice on the internet". The internet is a very useful source of career guidance and information, but people need to have the skill (i.e. digital literacy) to source and critically analyse the content they are reading, understand the opportunities and weaknesses of the internet technology they are using (e.g. forums, blogs, social media), particularly in regards to anonymity/privacy and generate. This individual did what a lot of other people would do - he tapped in to the collective brain of the internet to try to gather information to help make a decision. His mistake was to make himself easily identified and did not adequately understand that he was, essentially, broadcasting in a public forum. A rookie error that unfortunately many people make but is easily avoided with a good dose of digital literacy.
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