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 Should employers look at your online profile? (6)

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Should employers look at your online profile?

" 1 in 10 young people were rejected for a job because of content associated with their social profile" (IVN 1). 

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Employers should not look at online profiles. Wei Du from the NBC/MSNBC news station stated the following based on using the internet to search for a potential job candidate,"A March survey by Ponemom Institute found that 35% of managers use Google to look up potential job candidates and 23% look up people on social networking sites before giving them a call. About one-third of these people that are looked up are rejected before they are even given an interview" (1). Anything that is posted online can be seen by future employers before they have even met with the candidate. Many times, people are very different online than they are in person. When someone is inaccurately viewed, the bias against them could already be made regardless of how great of an interview they have. Someone who could have been the most ideal of a worker would now be rejected because of something they commented on, posted, liked, or even viewed online.

beverly(22) Clarified
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i don't understand if you are for or against this topic. . . It is a little bit of a mixed feeling? mayb e a little more clarity?

14mlehmkuhl(11) Clarified
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That's why the first sentence says they should not be able to look at them?..

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Employers should be able to look at your online profile. If an individual is posing thing like underage drinking or drugs an employer is not going to want to hire them because it could show a poor work ethic. The writer of Six Clicks of Separation: The Legal Ramifications of Employers Using Social Networking Sites to Research Applicants said “As social networking sites like and continue to grow in popularity, college students and other job applicants voluntarily divulge an increasing amount of personal information on them, often unaware of the potential negative effects it may have on their search from employment” ( 10 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L 1). He was saying that all the kids who are putting things online like underage drinking don’t see that in doing that they are showing signs of irresponsibility and could really discourage an employer from hiring them.

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Employers should be able to look at a person's online profile. If a person were looking to hire someone for a job, they should be able to look at what ever information that they would want to learn more about that individual. They should be entitled to any and all of the information about that individual, so that they can make the best possible decision as to whether or not they should hire them. Also, the internet is public information. If one doesn't want anyone to see or know about their private information on the internet, then they shouldn't put it on there in the first place. A person should be more careful of what they put on their profiles."Job seekers should be aware that their future employers are closely observing their Facebook profiles in search of a window into their personality" ("Many Employers" 1).

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Employers should not look at a prospective employee's online profile. When someone applies for a job, they should not have their privacy violated by a an employer for the sake of digging up information about their past. According to Rachel Ryan, a writer for the Huffington Post, when employers browse through a possible employee's online profiles, it violates their rights to privacy (Ryan 1). Everyone deserves thier privacy. What someone puts online is of no business to these employers.

(Kashmir Hill of Forbes Magazine)