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Workshop shows students how to manage their online image

November 12, 2010 12:00AM

Having a Facebook page to post vacation photos or keep up with your friends is one thing, but what do you do when your boss sends you a friend request?

If you choose to hit the "accept" button, sometimes a little housekeeping may be in order.

Pittsburg State University's Jungle Journeys program will address this conundrum and more Nov. 16 when it offers "Manage Your Online Image," a workshop giving students the dos and don'ts of social media behavior.

With news reports of employees being fired for Twittering negative comments about customers or complaining about their jobs on Facebook, assuming your boss will be accepting of the online image you maintain (hey, they sent you the friend request, right?) may not be the best approach if you're trying to build your career, said Ashlee Ricks, Jungle Journeys program coordinator. If nothing else, job hunters should set their page to "private" to avoid parts of their information being visible to potential employers - or better yet, be careful what they post.

"Students need to know that employers are going to find them online, and that may affect whether they get or keep a job," said Ricks, an MBA student who oversees the professional development program offered through the College of Business. "Students need to work their online systems to their benefit and know there are things they can do to use them to get a job."

In addition to the discussion by the Office of Career Services on social media etiquette, the workshop will also concentrate on LiveText, an online portfolio program being used by many College of Business students. Susan Dellasega, an instructional support consultant at PSU, will demonstrate for students how they can use the software to create their best online image.

The free workshop will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the North Kelce Computer Lab, and is open to all PSU students.

For more information, contact Ricks at junglejourneys@pittstate.edu.

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