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Last June, the city of Bozeman, Mont., became notorious when it implemented a policy that required anyone applying to a city job to hand over logins and passwords for any social networking sites they used. We're not just talking about Facebook and MySpace, either. They wanted access to chat rooms and forums frequented by applicants. After people made a fuss about the invasive policy, Bozeman officials backed down and decided to adjust their application requirements.
Employers have been looking at job seekers' online personas for years now. A simple query in a search engine can reveal plenty of information about you. Go to any networking site and type in your e-mail address or name and see what information is available to the public, because employers are already doing that. But if you let someone log in to your account, your privacy settings won't matter. It will all be on display. But should you be panicking just yet?
Originally posted by Aggie Man
Rather than give up passwords, simply tell them that you don't frequent any websites....and make sure you don't browse the web on the company computer/server.
P.S. tell the potential employer that giving your passwords would be unethical, in much the same way that it would be if you freely handed out your company passwords...
[edit on 25-5-2010 by Aggie Man]
Could an employer potentially FIRE or not hire someone based on something they found on the internet?
Originally posted by LadySkadi
Imagine, you are a high tech engineer or a CPA or a doctor/lawyer/whatever and you claim not to have a webpage or a LinkedIn account or a membership to the professions governing body? That would be questionable and would likely spur more digging, or flat rejection.