Job Front: Hiring officers in poll balk at giving bosses access to their Facebook accounts

Published: Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 20, 2012 - 10:29 am

Ask local human resource managers to give their employers access to their Facebook and social media accounts and they'll probably "unlike" the idea.

Sacramento employment firm Pacific Staffing posed the question to hiring officers at the region's top firms in its most recent survey: "Would you give an employer the password and complete access to your Facebook account?"

Answer: Not on your life.

Nearly eight in 10 – 78 percent – polled in Pacific Staffing's quarterly report on employment trends said they wouldn't surrender access to their accounts.

"It reflects the belief that work and private life are separate. Where does privacy start and stop?" said local analyst Rick Reed, who prepared the survey for Pacific Staffing. "People believe they have rights that need to be respected."

Still, nearly one in five surveyed said they had no concerns about turning over their Facebook accounts to their employers.

Employer access to Facebook and social media accounts has become a hot topic in the workplace and in state legislatures.

Employers are starting to ask job applicants for their private social media passwords and log-ins, saying the information will help them sift through the candidate pool and head off potentially problem employees.

But states such as Maryland and California have passed legislation barring the practice.

Some who were surveyed contended that social networking sites such as Facebook are not specifically tied to work-related activity and thus off limits to employers, Reed said.

Others, Reed said, specifically did not open Facebook accounts, saying it was inappropriate to "friend" co-workers who decide on their employment and compensation.

Two career fairs Aug. 1

A pair of career fairs are open to job seekers Aug. 1 in Sacramento.

The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lions Gate Hotel & Conference Center, 3410 Westover St., in McClellan Park in North Highlands.

The free event is expected to feature a number of local employers from the private and public sectors who will be available to meet with job seekers.

For more information, visit

A few minutes' drive away is the Sacramento Career Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Lion Hotel at Arden Village, 1401 Arden Way.

Employers from across the area are slated to attend the free event and free résumé reviews are also available for job seekers.

For information, visit

How to get a state job

Job seekers can learn how to apply for employment with the state of California at a free lunchtime seminar July 25 at the State Personnel Board offices, 801 Capitol Mall in Sacramento.

The hourlong noon seminar explains how to search for job recruitments, how to complete applications online, where to find test scores and how to search and apply for vacant positions.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the State Personnel Board website at Job/LunchSeminars

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