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Using Facebook to Scan Potential Employees

on September 15, 2013

Social Networking has its pros and cons. In this day and age sites like Facebook can really be a great tool to get to know people. But when it comes to employers using it to help decide whether or not they will be hiring an individual, it can be somewhat troublesome. I personally believe that employers have every right to look at a candidate’s Facebook page, in order to decide if they will choose them for employment.


Until recently, the unemployed could walk into an interview looking their best; and as long as they have a nice resume, and proper vernacular they would have a great chance of landing the job. Unfortunately for some, what their Facebook pages “says” about them can seriously hinder their chances on receiving employment. The importance of using Facebook as a tool for hiring can vary however with the professionalism of the job. If you are trying to get a job as a teacher, I would even go as far as saying this is a necessary way of getting to know your future employee. You wouldn’t want someone in this type of profession to have any references to drug use, or sexually offensive material seeing as how they will be closing working with children as a role model. There should not be any need to give an employer authorization to view the future employee’s site.  What people need to know is that when you are posting on the internet, you need to be responsible enough to realize that what is being said can be viewed by anyone. If you are expecting to receive a job that needs you to be professional you need to show that you can be a representative of the company, even before you have the position. With that being said I don’t that it is necessary to be 100% professional on a Facebook site but just knowledgeable of what you are posting.

In conclusion, employers have the right to use any legal facet to “get to know” someone in any way that they deem fit. It is of the utmost importance that as a potential employee, you are taking the necessary steps to portray a good image, in order to ensure that nothing you say or do on social networking would interfere with your employment

One response to “Using Facebook to Scan Potential Employees

  1. El Guapo says:

    Too true.
    I have an email account that is used solely for my professional persona, and I don’t generally use my real name online, so I can keep my personal self separate from my work self.

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