A proposed law in Germany could make it illegal for prospective employers to be able to view possible employees Facebook pages and other social networking sites. They would however be allowed to run a background check on them via the web and they would be allowed to look at visible sites that the linked with that has to do with business purposes such as Linkedin.
The law wouldn’t allow an employer to ask to become a Facebook fan of a prospective employee or a current employee and thus have access to their profiles and their personal lives, view personal photos and the like. This would go for other social sites such as myspace, as well. Of course, the reason for this propose law is the idea that the employers will see things on these pages that may cause them not to want to hire some candidates or may actually make them rethink their choice, if the person has all ready hired them.
Of course, if you got a message stating that a boss wanting to become your friend on one of these sites what could you do? If you said no, tensions could erupt at work.
So what is the rule of thumb?
Basically, you should remember this. Whatever you put on the web is out there. It will not go away, ever. Anyone may be able to type in your name ten years from now and be able to search it out again. For this reason, you should be careful of what you are posting. That funny picture of you being drunk while you are a college freshman won’t be so funny in two or four years when you are searching for a real job. Those sexy pictures of you in a bikini may not be so thrilling to that new husband of yours five years down the line.
Although, everyone will agree to think twice before posting anything on the web (including the type of article you decide to publish on Associated Content). What is your opinion on the idea of employers or prospective employers viewing your Facebook profile or other social networking sites? Would you like to see a similar law go into effect in the US? If a prospective employer saw any of your social profiles, would it harm your chances of gaining a job?