Turn Over Your Social Media Login if You Want a Job

So why would you voluntarily turn over your social media passwords to anyone?! Well, that’s exactly what some employers are requiring as a condition of employment. A 2012 report by Gartner, Inc. estimates that by 2015, 60% of corporations will have formal programs directed at monitoring employee activity in social media. Why do these companies want access to your social media?

Can Social Media Cost Me My Job?

A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 43% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates; another 12% who don’t, said they plan to start. 51% of employers who do such research said they rejected a candidate because of something they posted on social media. So, with freedom of expression being one of the cornerstones of American society, and the internet being the infobahn, information superhighway, global village (plug in your favorite metaphor here) intended to carry that freedom to all four corners of the globe, should you be concerned that a tweet, post, poke, +1 or like will result in job retribution? Well, maybe.