Although recent media focus has brought the issue of facebook, employers and privacy to the front page, most of us have known for a long time that employers (or potential employers) make it routine to check out (or even monitor) facebook profiles of employees or job candidates.
Facebook will continue to warn employers against employing this policy and politicians will condemn the practice. They may even pass a law or two against it (then use the publicity to raise campaign cash).
Is it intrusive? Yes. Is it ethical? Probably not. Is it going to go away anytime soon? Not likely.
Even if they make it illegal for employers to ask candidates/employees for their username and passwords, there is still won’t stop the problem.
- Set up a professional facebook profile using a separate email account that employers can look at.
- Take down your facebook account before you start job hunting
- Keep it clean. Remove any material you think may show you in a bad light (pictures of you getting drunk, too sexy, etc.) and try not to post anything controversial (ie. anti-religious, political, etc.)