“Give me your Facebook password”

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 26, 2012 in , , | No Comments

They’re asking for it, will you give it to them?

It’s been all over the internet: employers and prospective employers asking people to turn over the keys to their private lives. Facebook is fighting back, however that may not be enough protection for the majority of workers or job seekers hearing the request.

This issue strikes at the heart of what Americans perceive as their personal freedom–even in a very public forum like the internet. Let’s look at why an employer might ask to go behind the scenes of your life.

Limiting Your Job Prospects

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 12, 2010 in , , | No Comments

Here are the top seven reasons why candidates did not get the job based on public sites…

Thirty-five percent of employers say they’ve found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire the candidate, says a CareerBuilder survey. The top transgressions cited by those employers were candidates who:

Posted provocative or inappropriate photos or information: 53%
Posted content about them drinking or using drugs: 44%
Bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients: 35%
Showed poor communication skills: 29%
Made discriminatory comments: 26%
Lied about qualifications: 24%
Shared confidential information from previous employer: 20%