Social Media and Work: Where is the Line?

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As the job market begins to improve, more and more companies are looking for ways to shuffle through the massive amounts of job applications that they have to go through.  We know the process. We’ve done it. We hated it. It’s a pain going over 200 applicant’s resumes and then trying to narrow that list down to five to call in for interviews. Companies for a while now have been looking at social media to find out more about people and making judgments as to whether to hire them based on that.  Most recently, instead of just looking for or glancing at people’s Facebook pages, they have started requiring that they turn over their password, in some of the more extreme cases, or, in the less extreme cases,  asking candidates to sign in to their Facebook account during the interview or friend a hiring manager. For more detail, check out the article from business insider “If You Want A Job, You May Have To Turn Over Your Facebook Password”. Stay tuned for some of our contributors views on the subject.

What are your thoughts? Where is the line between social media and work?

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5 thoughts on “Social Media and Work: Where is the Line?

  1. Password requests from strangers or even bosses? Not cool. What we need to realize is that we now live in a world where neck tattoos aren’t abnormal. As a visible tattoo is a first impression, a facebook profile can be the same. But lets not judge someone because their interests include super boggle and monster truck rallies.

  2. Asking for a password or to look at social profiles shows LACK OF TRUST. Who would want to work for someone that can’t show that they trust you?

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