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Pixelated
05-07-2019, 09:43 PM
... walk up and ask, in genuine ignorance, how you should enter your Facebook URL on a job application form ...

Employment Counsellor: :jawdrop::mad::rant::pissed::burnup:

Me: :eek: "Um, okay, so I won't fill that in, then ..."

It's listed as "optional", as is the space for your Twitter URL and your LinkedIn URL ...

This is a mega-corporation, by the way, not some mom-and-pop little place.

I'd like to plead ignorance because I have never EVER been asked for that before.

dalesys
05-07-2019, 11:23 PM
... It's listed as "optional", as is the space for your Twitter URL and your LinkedIn URL ...
I'd give them the VueToob of my proctological exam instead.;)

Valentinian
05-08-2019, 01:03 AM
Thaaaat's not a good sign. Make sure everything is locked down and the public parts of your social media are pure as the driven snow, 'cause if they're asking for those URLs you know they're going to be Googling you as part of the assessment process!

Also, don't accept any unexpected friend requests. :P

At least they didn't demand your login passwords.

Pixelated
05-09-2019, 04:47 AM
Employment counsellor told me it's illegal to begin with, which further astounded me since this IS a large corporation ...

My name is common enough that if they try to Google me before they've even met me, well, good luck with that. There's a fair number of us out there. :D

Even after they've met me ... I don't have my personal photo on Facebook. Anywhere. Obviously there's many who do, and they can be dismissed immediately but ... the rest will simply be guesswork.

LadyofArc
05-12-2019, 09:48 AM
LinkedIn URL I can understand (since it is meant to be for that purpose), but the other two....yeah no.

Pixelated
05-13-2019, 05:02 PM
LinkedIn URL I can understand (since it is meant to be for that purpose), but the other two....yeah no.

Yeah, I can understand that one too. Unfortunately I've been locked out of my LinkedIn account for years and although they've sent me the info on how to get back in, I haven't bothered to do so yet, nor to open a new one. So they could probably find me if they troubled to search for me ... but the info on there is 10-15 years old. :lol:

telecom_goddess
05-13-2019, 05:48 PM
Yeah that's a big fat nope. I don't provide social media links, except linkedIn. Screw that, that's my personal life and none of their business.

Moirae
05-14-2019, 12:15 AM
No way I'm giving that info to anyone. They can have my linkedin. That's all.

taxguykarl
05-14-2019, 05:55 PM
Screw that, that's my personal life and none of their business.Agreed. I would deny having any such a presence, except for Linkedin.

silverstaff
05-24-2019, 12:40 AM
Yeah, I've been asked for those on applications.

I'll give them my LinkedIn, since that's for professional purposes.

They aren't getting anything else.

My name is common enough that they couldn't tie it with any certainty to any one account, and my Facebook is locked down pretty tight with regards to public viewability (and I never, EVER add anyone I don't know, everyone I add is either someone I know IRL, or someone I've dealt with online for years and know better than some people I've met in meatspace).

Mental_Mouse
05-25-2019, 01:18 PM
I don't actually have a Facebook account, but anyplace that asks for social-media accounts is not someplace I want to work.

Pixelated
05-26-2019, 12:18 AM
Thaaaat's not a good sign. Make sure everything is locked down and the public parts of your social media are pure as the driven snow, 'cause if they're asking for those URLs you know they're going to be Googling you as part of the assessment process!

Also, don't accept any unexpected friend requests. :P

At least they didn't demand your login passwords.

That last one would've been a "Fuck off right there" request.

Oddly, I've applied to other sites of this same company and I don't remember them having that on their application sites. :confused:

*snip*

My name is common enough that they couldn't tie it with any certainty to any one account, and my Facebook is locked down pretty tight with regards to public viewability (and I never, EVER add anyone I don't know, everyone I add is either someone I know IRL, or someone I've dealt with online for years and know better than some people I've met in meatspace).

Mostly similar here (I'm a blonde real estate agent in Georgia? When did that happen?? :D )

I have occasionally accepted friend invites on FB from total unknowns and have been 99% lucky in that there have been no unpleasant incidents. I had one open a chat and immediately launch into a sad story about how their family was STARRRRVING (and you're online instead of out in the streets looking for food because why ... ? Instant blockage there.)

Mostly they are either people I personally know or friends of longtime online friends.

Nunavut Pants
05-27-2019, 05:16 PM
I actually sent an FR (that was accepted) to someone who had the same name as someone I knew a long time ago. And I had the same name as someone that person knew long ago.

They were two entirely different people. But we have things in common (KITTIES!!), so he's still an FB friend now.

Bumbershoot
07-07-2019, 10:33 PM
Employment counsellor told me it's illegal to begin with, which further astounded me since this IS a large corporation ...

My name is common enough that if they try to Google me before they've even met me, well, good luck with that. There's a fair number of us out there. :D

Even after they've met me ... I don't have my personal photo on Facebook. Anywhere. Obviously there's many who do, and they can be dismissed immediately but ... the rest will simply be guesswork.

I would not be sanguine about that. Mr. Bumbershoot last looked several years ago and found that there were 29 FB pages for his name. 1st, MI, and last. He has often received comments about his weekend activities that he never experienced. Most of which would not be something attractive to a prospective employer.

EricKei
07-08-2019, 01:56 AM
I actually sent an FR (that was accepted) to someone who had the same name as someone I knew a long time ago. And I had the same name as someone that person knew long ago.When my brother first signed up for FB, he found someone who had his same first and last name, lived halfway across the country, and worked for the same company. They became fast friends ^__^

Dreamstalker
07-08-2019, 10:51 AM
At least they didn't demand your login passwords.
No. Nonononono. I believe that might be a CFAA violation in the States (unauthorized access of a computer system used in interstate communication). They essentially grabbed your PW and would be masquerading as you when logged in, so...

I used to have a dummy FB account with a discrete email address, but somewhere along the line FB linked them.

workerbee222
07-09-2019, 02:25 AM
No one needs your facebook url. My boss googled a job applicant and found him easily enough. His page was peculiar enough to route his resume to the circular file.