Would you give your social media passwords to a potential employer?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Would you give your social media passwords to a potential employer?
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Mon, 06-03-2013 - 4:37pm

I just read about the Oregon legislature pass a bill prohibiting universities from requiring it, and they already have the restrictions on that for employees:

http://www.katu.com/politics/Legislature-passes-bill-guarding-students-social-media-passwords-209969431.html

How would you handle it if a potential employer requested access to all of your social media accounts?  Would you want to work for a company that required it?

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Registered: 04-16-2008

The answer is no.  And it is quite simple  - I never identify myself in any of my social media accounts (no photo, no real name, no personal identifiable information), so unless somehow they track my log in through my IP address on my home computer, it is almost impossible to proof that I even have any accounts. 

I am very careful not to log in using my work computer for two reasons:  to avoid being tracked, and also, it is unprofessional to use company equipment for personal stuff.

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Registered: 07-10-2003

Reading your question literally,  NO I would NEVER give my password on social media sites to ANYONE!!  Letting them see your walls and what sites you are on is a different thing all together. 

More and more employers do look to see if potential employees are on various social media sites. Probably the best thing I would recommend is to not make posts derogatory to any employers or their management in public posts.  If your posts on line come across as being very angry at some employers,  while you may have very valid reasons for those feelings,  prospective employers may believe you will post similar things about them. 

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Registered: 07-10-2003

Reading your question literally,  NO I would NEVER give my password on social media sites to ANYONE!!  Letting them see your walls and what sites you are on is a different thing all together. 

More and more employers do look to see if potential employees are on various social media sites. Probably the best thing I would recommend is to not make posts derogatory to any employers or their management in public posts.  If your posts on line come across as being very angry at some employers,  while you may have very valid reasons for those feelings,  prospective employers may believe you will post similar things about them.