George Orwell wanna-be's among us?

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    Recently, I've come across a disturbing (at least to me) trend emerging. Some Human Resource offices for companies, along with some personnel agencies request that an applicant supply their FaceBook page link as part of the application form for a job/position.

    Now sad to say I've been around the block with regards to the job hunt situation more than once in the last 30 years. But there is a positive learning experience from any situation....and one thing I learned is that even during a face to face interview, a potential employer DOES NOT ask about your private life (unless you're applying for high finance or security job). It's a job interview, NOT dating service or party invitation.

    I see this as part of the trend by people who feel totally "empowered" by the economic caste system that has been growing since Ronal Reagan's "trickle down" policies took root. Back in the day, employer's were looking for capable employee's who are competant, have manner's and an 8th of a brain when dealing with clients/customers. Now, with a lousy economy, it's a buyer's market, and people like me are more like "cattle" than human beings. So now it's what, if an employer doesn't like your taste in music or friends, you're out of the running for the position offered? I think these people have been watching too many episodes of "Downton Abbey".

    Apropo to this, some potential employer's are looking at applicant's financial situation? Since the whole point of seeking a job is to IMPROVE your financial situation, what's to know? I mean damn, it's bad enough that these "credit score" companies determine a large portion of our lives by literally spying on your financial doings....now employer's are getting in on the scam! So the "logic" is now that the employer has to want to hang out with you and you have to be financially solvent to the point where you don't need a job right away to be considered for hiring?

    What a crock! When will these clowns learn? This "we would be kings" attitude has already lead to the worse financial situation since the depression....and if you keep squeezing the public like this, the push-back will make 1968 look like an Occupied Wall St. protest....if they don't kill each other in a greed fest for the world's resources. Just saying.
     
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    Trajan conscientia mille testes

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    thats spelled 'competent' btw.......
     
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    Let it be a lesson. When you post personal stuff on the internet it's out there for the world and the federal government and the FBI to see. If you are trying to get a job other than flipping burgers or stacking cans in Walmart be prepared for smart employers to try to find out everything they can before they hire your ass.
     
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    The internet is public domain.

    If you want privacy, mail a letter or make a phone call.
     
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    It’s not Orwellian unless there’s government involvement.

    Otherwise employers may hire based on any capricious criteria, provided there are no violations of Civil Rights law or similar policy.

    But given the December 2007 recession and its aftermath, employers should at least allow qualified candidates to explain troubled financial backgrounds. For example, that one lost his job through no fault of his own and was out of work for 18 months forcing him to declare bankruptcy or suffer a foreclosure is a universe apart from some irresponsible nitwit maxing out his credit cards and refusing to pay.
     
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    Just tell them you have no Facebook account.
     
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    My first thought too. But isn't that easy for them to check? And if so, you're then caught lying in the job interview.
     
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    "thats" LOL.
     
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    I stand corrected. Anything else regarding the actually message of the post?
     
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    A wry catch .... Anything else regarding the actually message of the post?
     

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