Sources taken from: jobweb.org, theloquitur.com, and mybackgroundcheck.com Who uses them?
Employers are using Social Networking sites to screen their potential employees They are screening photographs, personal information, discriminatory comments, and communication skills (mybackgroundcheck.com)
A simple Google search has a high chance of your social sites popping up Many say the use of screening social networking sites is considered stalking (thereasoner.com)
Different sites, when searched, offer you different links which can hack into “private” sites, no matter what settings you have A simple change of the URL gives you access to any “private” site
When posting on social networking sites, students are interested in interacting with friends A lot of information, especially pictures, may be photoshopped, distorting the nature of the picture completely
An article on thereasoner.com stated: Employers should only care about something that affects the workplace or the job at hand by following the golden rule: mind your own business Your Friday night escapades do not reflect upon your work ethic and capabilities
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