March 29, 2010

Young job-seekers hiding their Facebook pages

Posted: 04:14 PM ET

By Stephanie Goldberg, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Justin Gawel says there's nothing too incriminating on his Facebook page. 

"There are a lot of pictures of drinking [but] nothing naked or anything - at least I don't think so," he said jokingly.

Even so, the Michigan State University junior recently changed his Facebook display name to "Dustin Jawel" to keep his personal life from potential employers while applying for summer internships.

Although Gawel ditched his rhyming alias after two weeks when he realized Facebook users also can be searched by e-mail address, school and network, he is not alone in his efforts to scrub his online résumé. Many students and recent graduates say they are changing their names on Facebook or tightening privacy settings to hide photos and wall posts from potential employers.

And with good reason.

A recent survey commissioned by Microsoft found that 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online.

What kind of information? "Inappropriate" comments by the candidate; "unsuitable" photos and videos; criticisms of previous employers, co-workers, or clients; and even inappropriate comments by friends and relatives, according to the survey report, titled "Online Reputation in a Connected World."

Such prying into his online life makes Gawel uncomfortable.

"I understand that when [employers look] at someone's Facebook page, they're just trying to paint a bigger picture of the people they're hiring - so they're not just a name on a résumé," he said. "But that doesn't demonstrate whether they can do the job. It shouldn't matter what someone does when they're not in the office."

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A. Smith, Oregon   March 29th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

The chances a new friend on social networking sites like Facebook, twitter et. al. is a FBI or data information miner is fairly high. Especially if they tell you their life story and ask you about what crimes or outrageous acts you have done or would like to do.

Of course this kind of swamp scum also travels to various other online venues including chat rooms to beg people to break the law or upload/download porn files which across State lines would ensnare and entrap a unsuspecting person into committing a felony.

The new FBI series of 'point and click' warrant-less phone, internet and cell phone taps are really amazing in their scope and obviously cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to implement, staff and use on a daily basis on everyday law abiding American citizens.

American's under the horrific Republican administrations including that of Bush-Cheney lost a great many privacy freedoms. And Corporate America it seems received a 'GREEN LIGHT' to do the same on its employees. Drug tests, Background tests, scanning Instant Messages, Emails, Website's visited, recording passwords to enter employees social networking sites, email accounts are all routine and done 24/7 across America's Corporate workforce.

Gerald Jolly   March 29th, 2010 6:12 pm ET

Lets "FACE" it

Facebook is really a MORONS MEDIA

What idiot would be more stupid than an idiot that would share his/her personal information for more idiots to read.

Many mothers throughout the world are now disavowing any ties to the MORONS that call them MOM.

IDIOTIC young women have compromised their personal safety by posting just to much information about who they are and where they live.

I get the distintive feeling that many of these young girls are begging for the adventure of getting raped by some unknow stranger.

The next offer by facebook will be that a young girl will be able to post a photo of her privates with an invitation stating

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