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How to Remind Job Applicants That You're Gonna Check Out Their 'Walls' Online

This morning at the Delaware Employment Law Blog, Molly DiBianca suggests that, though it's not required, businesses that plan to snoop on job applicants via the Internet disclose their intent to do so.

And if you're looking for vague language to accomplish that disclosure, DiBianca suggests taking a page from the federal government's book. She quotes the following language now appearing on federal agency job applications:

As part of the agency's review of your application, the agency may view and/or access publicly available information about you, including information publicly available on the internet, that is job-related and consistent with the merit system principles and prohibited personnel practices set forth in the Civil Service Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. 2301, 2302. No information from any source may be used to discriminate for or against an applicant based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, political affiliation, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

Are the photos from your buddy's third bachelor party in Vegas really "job-related?" I guess that depends what sort of job you're applying for. Whether or not you see similar language on a job application, it's a good bet that someone in HR is going to be Googling applicants and checking out their Internet presence. So if you're looking for a job, do a common-sense Internet sweep. And once you land that coveted position, remember that anything you post can still be seen by your employer, and get you canned.

Posted by Eric Lipman on July 19, 2010 at 12:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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