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by Matthew Stollak on Thursday, December 9, 2010

I was perusing my alma mater's student newspaper when I came across this article:

"Re-posting on WikiLeaks could affect job prospects."

The reporter, Summer Ballentine, writes:

For some students, posting links to WikiLeaks on social networking sites might be another hurdle to landing a job in an already competitive job market.

WikiLeaks, an organization working to provide government and leaked information to the public via the Internet, released additional confidential government documents to numerous media organizations last week, and has since sparked a worldwide debate.

Students planning to find work or internships in the federal government after graduation were recommended not to post about or comment on WikiLeaks on social networking sites by college career advisers across the country — including at MSU.

Jaimie Hutchison, field career consultant for James Madison College, said an e-mail was sent Friday advising MSU students against posting statements on social networking websites about WikiLeaks.

However, the information in the e-mail is not based on any official James Madison College or MSU policies, she said.

Although the decision is up to students, they should be aware of possible implications of their actions, Hutchison said.

“I don’t know what the outcome of this will be — I just want students to have a heads up,” she said.

“The important thing for me as a career adviser is to make sure students have the information I do.”

The statement was influenced by a similar letter sent to some students at the University of California, Berkeley, Hutchison said.

A couple of thoughts:

1. The article gives opponents of social media yet another reason to strike fear into the hearts of those who use it. It once again signals that using social media can be an unwise careful what you post or you won't get a job.

2. Are recruiters/HR managers really using postings of a political nature by candidates to influence their decisions? Are career advisers going overboard in expressing their concerns to students about such postings?


When I first saw that picture of Julian Assange, I thought it was Bill Mahr. I think people are being crazy over WikiLeaks on many fronts.

by Michael on December 9, 2010 at 8:05 AM. #

This article was in reference to federal jobs and internships that have security clearences, not HR overall.

by Anonymous on December 10, 2010 at 9:20 AM. #

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