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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Employers, Get Outta My Facebook (pro and con) FROM BusinessWeek

PRO:
One could argue that if you choose to make your profile public, everything you post is fair game. But that view defies the purpose of social networking sites. A public profile is a vehicle for casually interacting with others in an informal setting, on personal free time. When companies use these profiles to find not only a professional but also an ideological match for a job, they’re misleading themselves and building ill will with talented prospective employees, who might decline to apply for a job for fear a comment about China on their blogs makes them persona non grata.

CON:
Obviously, employers should not use information obtained from Facebook, blogs, or other Internet sites in ways that would be intrinsically unethical or illegal. But there are lots of situations in which such sites could be used legitimately in hiring decisions, and there’s absolutely no reason employers shouldn’t check them as a normal part of the hiring process.

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