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Facebook – 25% of all job applications are rejected based on the results of searches performed on candidates’ on-line reputation and profiles


Want to limit your career?
According to a survey released for EU Data Protection Day 2010, almost 50% of human resources professionals active
in Europe perform on-line checks on candidates and 25% of all job applications are rejected based on the results of
searches performed on candidates’ on-line reputation and profiles, where dismissal is usually grounded on
‘inappropriate comments’ or ‘unsuitable photos or videos’ found on the Internet. Interestingly the same survey shows
that on the other side consumers continue to significantly underestimate the risks deriving from their on-line profiles: in
the UK only 9% (in France 10% and in Germany 13%) of job seekers held that personal information available about
them on the Internet would exercise influence on the outcome of their applications.

Facebook CEO Admits To Calling Users ‘Dumb Fucks’

Mark Zuckerberg admits in a New Yorkerprofile that he mocked early Facebook users for trusting him with their personal information. A youthful indiscretion, the Facebook founder says he’s much more mature now, at the ripe age of 26.

“They trust me — dumb fucks,” says Zuckerberg in one of the instant messages, first published by former Valleywag Nicholas Carlson at Silicon Alley Insider, and now confirmed by Zuckerberg himself in Jose Antonio Vargas’s New Yorker piece. Zuckerberg now tells Vargas, “I think I’ve grown and learned a lot” since those instant messages.

And yet the old quote resounds precisely because Facebook continues to stir up privacy controversies at regular intervals. Zuckerberg justifies his privacy rollbacks by saying the social norms have changed in favor of transparency, but, as tech executive Anil Dash tells the New Yorker, that sort of change is much more appealing for a privileged, Ivy Leaguer golden boy of Silicon Valley like Zuckerberg than for his half a billion users, many of whom work for less tolerant bosses and socialize in more judgmental circles.

In conclusion:

*Employers WILL check your profile to gauge what sort of person you are.

*Consider if an employer would interview you based on your profile.

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