This month’s Money magazine has an interesting article about online profiles and their possible effect on job applications. The head of World Privacy Forum says that employers routinely Google job candidates and their findings can affect whether or not your hired.
Information related to questions that employers cannot legally ask can be found on the Internet for all to see – information about political views, psychological state, sexual preferences, and social habits. Employers are free to use the information when they make their decisions.
The article focuses mostly on children, but the advice is general enough to be useful for everyone. They suggest:
- Limit the information in your web identity;
- Create a pseudonym or disguise; and
- If personal info is already posted, remove it.