Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, do some companies really check out the Facebook pages of people applying for jobs?
A: Most certainly they do, and it can easily cost you a job. You've grown up with social media, cellphone cameras and texting and, while being stupid is not a crime, posting evidence of it is definitely a punishable act that can cost big. Companies are looking for people who are responsible and mature, and a Facebook page can be a reflection of the person, good and bad. This time of year, it's worth noting that posting pictures of twerking at the office Christmas party isn't too smart either.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...