Monday, January 16, 2012

If you're looking for a job, don't post your nude pic on Facebook

In a twist on the exploding use of online social media, employers in the Bay Area and nationwide are poring over the websites to weed out job applicants whose posts reveal that they use foul language, take drugs, associate with gangs or have other questionable characteristics. Some employers are even demanding that job candidates disclose their social network user names and passwords.

"We have seen pictures of people driving a vehicle with a beer in their hand and that's posted," said Max Drucker, CEO of Social Intelligence of Santa Barbara, which helps screen the sites for employers in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. "We found a picture of a person wearing a T-shirt with flagrantly racist remarks."