facebook users be warned!

facebook logoThere is a new angle to Facebook that has yet to be discovered by the millions of users rapidly signing up accounts with the social network: employer hacking.  According to this article by CBS, before a person shows up for a job interview, his or her facebook  profile is combed through–even if the privacy settings are on “private.”  Face-to-face, employers will see “Jack” show up for a job interview in meticulous attire with polite manners and impressive resumes…but the employer has already seen his hungover pictures, read the nasty comment he left on his ex’s profile, and observed the rise and fall of his emotions and attitudes documented on statuses.  Jack may have sacrificed his job by venting on the social network.

Or, on the opposite end, people have been fired for what has been found posted on facebook.   

So, you tell me: is this savvy business skills or a breach of privacy?

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2 Responses

  1. Many employers admit they’ve even learned how to access profiles students think are “private” — and they’re surprised by how many students don’t care if everyone knows everything about them.

    If you allow only your friends to see your pictures and updates, then either your potential future employers are your friends… or your potential future employers are doing something highly illegal.

    It is a good wake-up call for folks, though. Don’t post up stuff on the internet if it will embarrass you.

  2. I’m not sure I agree with the practice but I’m not sure I disagree. As an employer I would want to know everything I can about someone before I hired them. Especially if it was for an important or highly paid position. To be honest, if you are stupid enough to put incriminating things online maybe you deserve it. Reminds me of that Bible verse- But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

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