Want a Job? Hand Over Your Facebook Passwords. Now.

 

It is all over the Internet that if you are looking for a job, you’d better clean up your social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter. However, a recent article on MSNBC.com describes how people being interviewed for a job were asked to either log onto their Facebook accounts or hand over the passwords so that the interviewer could check their Facebook pages. Duh. The accounts are password protected for a reason. Say, privacy, perhaps? Or free speech?

Now, there is nothing on my Facebook page that would prevent me from getting a job, but seriously? Isn’t this an invasion of privacy? Aren’t there laws in place to prevent this kind of spying? Apparently not. Just like the laws being considered to prevent employers from eliminating you from consideration for a job if you are not employed, some states are looking to ban employers from demanding your social media passwords. Good for them.

And it doesn’t stop at the interview process. There are also companies who are demanding access to their employees’ social media pages. There are so many ways this could be abused. I’ve had supervisors who I never would have wanted to have access to friends’ and family’s pics/info. These companies assume that their hiring and supervising managers are going to use the info found on these pages in a mature manner that protects the company. I seriously doubt that. Would you want some guy ogling your daughter’s party pics on Facebook? Or a would-be employer to have access to pics of your oh-so-attractive cousin? How about access to your game-playing history or where you go for drinks?

It’s bad enough that people are so gullible as to assume that recruiters/managers/HR people friending them are actually friends. If you don’t check out who is friending you first, it’s your own fault if these people wind up on your friend list with access to your info. You should check your privacy settings often. They seem to get set back to “Public” every time Facebook makes a big change to your pages. And you shouldn’t be playing on your social media pages during work time. That should be enough. You shouldn’t have to forfeit a chance at a job because employers feel they have a right to your private info. They don’t. Period.

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