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A timely warning on the BBC website

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/21191420

 

One of the first things that many prospective employers now do when sifting job applications is to look up the applicant's Facebook profile, so it is important that if you are in the habit of posting pictures of a boozy night out, or litter your posts with profanity, you should always consider whether this is likely to impress or put off a potential employer - maybe even years down the line! And don't even think about posting your innermost thoughts about the company you already work for online - it is very easy for an employer to make the case that what you have written, or even how you appear to the outside world, can bring the company into disrepute.

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Call me old fashioned, but the girl in the story isn't in the business of learning anything quickly is she?

 

1. Call in sick to work

2. Get caught out by posting pictures of yourself on Facebook NOT being sick

3. Talk to the BBC and supply your full name, age and a picture of yourself and say 'I should have set my privacy settings' rather than 'Perhaps I shouldn't have lied to my employer...'

 

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Call me old fashioned, but the girl in the story isn't in the business of learning anything quickly is she?

 

1. Call in sick to work

2. Get caught out by posting pictures of yourself on Facebook NOT being sick

3. Talk to the BBC and supply your full name, age and a picture of yourself and say 'I should have set my privacy settings' rather than 'Perhaps I shouldn't have lied to my employer...'

 

Maybe it's me...

 

Not just you, LG - the very same thoughts went through my head:|

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Thank God for that. I was starting to wonder if it was time to break out the comfy slippers and start looking at Saga insurance.

 

Seriously though, just say 'NO' to social media. We've already seen examples on here of so-called 'private' profiles being screen-capped by someone actually on their friends list and passed to employers.

"Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me". Martin Niemöller

 

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I have never used Facebook in my life.

 

The problem is, there this new trend coming from the USA, it's called "Zero email company", where aftre you've joined the company, all communication between you, you colleagues, your employer and the company's customer happen to be through some sort of social media.

 

I have had a few rejections from perspective IT employers because I'm not on Linkedin. So I think nowadays we are between a rock and a hard place. They want to monitor out life 24/7.

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