Job hunting? Watch what you tweet, etc.

  • tas_515

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    Aug 21, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    "The number of companies using social-networking websites to screen potential employees has doubled in the last year, and what they have found has killed the hire for more than a third of candidates...."

    Facebook is the first place they look, apparently.

    Full article http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2009/08/17/daily54.html?ed=2009-08-20&ana=e_du_pap
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    Aug 21, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    Not that I have to worry about anything my future employers might find that's worth noting on my page, but Facebook has a nice little feature that lets you block people not on your friend's list from viewing certain content on your page. So, I think, does myspace.
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    Aug 21, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    I think sites like LinkedIn are great for professional networking, however FB is strictly social for me and I block anyone who is not on my friendslist, and I delete people monthly to make sure it is actually comprised of my real friends and not random people.

    Unless my potential employer is a hacker, they won't be seeing my Jell-O wrestling photos.
  • kinetic

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    Aug 21, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    Yup, employers and staffing agencies have been doing this for years. Before Facebook it was MySpace. I agree with yngstud, the best way too avoid this is to set your profile to private/only viewable by friends. Also,don't put anything too naughty as your status/headline, as that is sometimes still viewable.
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    Aug 21, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    Only problem is that even if you have all the security options enabled, that still doesn't prevent your friends from reposting all those party pics where you got drunk and threw up all over the place. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 21, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    over_and_over saidI think sites like LinkedIn are great for professional networking, however FB is strictly social for me and I block anyone who is not on my friendslist, and I delete people monthly to make sure it is actually comprised of my real friends and not random people.

    Unless my potential employer is a hacker, they won't be seeing my Jell-O wrestling photos.


    Do post a shot here please.
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    Aug 22, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    As absurd as it sounds, the city of Bozeman, MT took invasion of privacy to a whole new low earlier this year. As part of the background check process, applicants for jobs with the city of Bozeman were required to supply the login and password to all social networking sites they used.

    Yes, you read that right. It is not a typo. If you applied for a job in Bozeman, you had to provide your login and passwords as part of the background check.

    I never would have believed any employer would ask something so ridiculous and almost certainly illegal.

    Bozeman City job requirement raises privacy concerns
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    Aug 22, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif I heard about it
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    Aug 22, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    Even if your profile is set to private it doesn't give complete protection from having an employeer see your profile. Even if it is set to only friends can view everything. I know that some companies have the power to get into the most private of profiles. One company I know that can do this is Disney. When I was interning for them one of my friends was terminated because of her profile. One she had herself tagged in pics (she was a character and this is a HUGE no for disney), not the tagged in the corner that some people have, the full on face was tagged. Also they had pics of her drinking underage on Disney property. Her profile was definitely very private and still Disney was able to get onto her profile and said due to her pics (flatout said pics on facebook) she was being terminated for violating her contract (the pics of her tagged) and drinking underage on property. So don't let the privacy thing fool you, there are companies that are powerful enough to get into them. My advice is detag any pics where you appear drunk, a few pictures with you holding a drink is ok since if you are above 21 its pretty much assumed you have a few drinks now and then. That's what I did.

    Thank god I live in Missoula, MT for school and not Bozeman ahaha cuz I definitely wouldn't want them to see my realjock profile, bein gay isn't exactly very cool in MT ahaha.
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    Aug 22, 2009 9:27 AM GMT
    Seems I am one of the few that understand that the internet is forever. Unless an employer does not want to hire me because of my political stance, then I have nothing to worry about. I don't have facebook anymore and I will never use twitter. I do have myspace (blogging) and here at real jock. How I am online is how I am in public so I have no worries.