It’s no secret that some employers do more than just look at resumes and conduct interviews when deciding when to hire someone. With social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s fairly simple to discover someone’s actual personality. It’s always a good idea to assume what you post on the internet could be used against you.

The Federal Trade Commission recently gave Social Intelligence permission to use social networks, blogs or the internet in general as ways to gather information when conducting background checks. There’s little that you can actually do about it either. While you have the option to give a potential employer permission to conduct background checks, refusal to comply may result in a lost job opportunity.

Social Intelligence will basically scan the internet for information that you voluntarily posted. Social Intelligence keeps its findings on file for seven years. However, the same information won’t necessarily be provided to potential employers.

Let’s say there are two employers who are eyeballing you for a job. The first employer sees some unsavory photos you posted on Facebook and decided to go with another candidate. Afterwards, you go to Facebook and delete the photos. When the second employer requests a background check, those unsavory photos won’t show up in the report because you removed them.

Social Intelligence will only have access to materials about you that are public. You don’t have to worry about your private messages being used to disqualify you from getting a job.

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