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Old 03-25-2012, 12:10 AM
 
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young people have created a monster with blogs and facebook . .
they now can be easily traced, every stupid ignorant inappropriate immature drunk comment they ever made, now readily available for employer review. dont worry about tattoos, this is much better. a new group of unemployables, bloggers.
I would rather be a stupid ignorant young employable individual with desirable skills than a stupid ignorant unemployable individual with no high demand or relevant skills. The latter has less of a chance of getting a job.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Just curious... Is any potential employer going to believe me when I say I don't have a facebook thingy? Last time I checked, they don't hand those out with a birth certificate and driver's license...
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:16 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Just curious... Is any potential employer going to believe me when I say I don't have a facebook thingy? Last time I checked, they don't hand those out with a birth certificate and driver's license...
Yeah ... Facebook accounts are not mandatory so employers had better not start discriminating against the non-Facebook users.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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From what I understand, they might ask this if you were a sales executive claiming to be a high commission performer. They'll want proof you were truly good at sales, earning 300k, because you could be some 40k sales person who is lying. What's funny is someone can easily make a fake tax return. What they really should ask to see if the W2. I wouldn't recommend turning this over via email or mail, etc., or to a background check company because it could be an identity scam, but I would bring it to the interview and allow them to glance at it in your presence---without letting them make a copy.
There are some higher level sales jobs where you need to verify your income to prove you are a high level sales person. These type of jobs are not what the average Joe is applying to. Those jobs are in the areas of high level executives, client acquisition, and the like.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Well, the Canadian government weighed in on the issue today. They made it very clear that it is against the law to invade anyone's privacy by even ASKING to view any social networking sites. That's very good news because it means that if you are asked you will win damages in court. Therefore, you won't be asked. Employers hate being sued and losing.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: The City That Never Sleeps
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There are some higher level sales jobs where you need to verify your income to prove you are a high level sales person. These type of jobs are not what the average Joe is applying to. Those jobs are in the areas of high level executives, client acquisition, and the like.

Of course. And it's fine to request those particular documents in that instance. In fact it's only prudent to. But I can't see it being asked in the "average Joe" jobs. Anyone who does so in the second case just looks unprofessional.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My answer? Nope. My tax returns are between me and the IRS; my Facebook page is between me and those I choose to allow to see it -- which doesn't include a prospective employer.

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I guess that's where our views differ. While I think it's stupid for employers to do this and potentially unethical... I don't feel it can ever be considered against the law.
Since tax returns are the property of the federal government, it can very well weigh in on that particular issue.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I would not hand over tax returns as there is some information you may not want your prospective employer to know, such as how much you spent on medical or prescription drugs for the year if you itemize. As far as social networking sites go I don't nor will I ever participate in them. I know or have read about people that were not hired or were fired from postings. People have had their homes robbed if they posted events or vacations. In addition people can post messages on your page and who is to say everyone is going to use their best judgement on what they post. I believe our society has lost the human touch to life posting texting and emailing. What is wrong with contacting your friends on the phone or better yet in person to bring them up to date and show off your pictures.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: 500 miles from home
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No; I would not hand over either and if I were asked to do so - I would be talking to my attorney asap.

Big companies hate bad publicity and when THAT word got out - certainly the cream of the crop would not be applying to work there. Once a company gets a reputation that they are difficult to work for - it's really hard to hire good people.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: WY
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I started a Facebook account quite a few years ago because somebody I knew invited me. I didn't know much about Facebook but I thought "sure, what the heck!" and opened an account. Right after that everybody and his dog wanted to "friend" me. A bunch of them I didn't even know. A bunch I did know and had known for years but they were not FRIENDS - just people I knew and ran into occasionally. I still didn't know much about Facebook but thought that the whole "friend" thing was ricidulous. I never closed my account and tried to get into it the other day for the first time in years and now can't even remember my password. My real friends know how to get in touch with me.

Everybody I know is on Facebook and the amount of private, intimate, safety-compromised, banal information that gets shared (to me) is unbelievable. I don't get it at all.

Re: sharing passwords and tax info with prospective employees. Not a chance in hell. If they are asking me to compromise my privacy before I am even hired, I interpret that as a lack of respect for me as a prospective employee. And question what else I might have to compromise about once I am hired.

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