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Should job applicants disclose their embarrassing online history?

by AirTalk®

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Should you inform your potential employer of past social media misconduct?

The national unemployment rate might be dropping, but ask anyone, and they’ll tell you it still isn’t easy finding a job.

According to Generation Opportunity, a libertarian-leaning organization, the unemployment rate for those between 18 and 29 years old was at about 9 percent in April. For applicants that are hoping to join the workforce, one thing that they have to deal with that they didn’t necessarily have to a decade ago is their social media history: embarrassing or compromising photographs or videos that potential employers might stumble upon online.

Should applicants voluntarily tell potential employers about the skeletons in their social media closet? How should they bring up that conversation. When should they bring up that topic? What should they say?


Debbie Hatke, Talent Strategy Manager at Strategic HR, Inc, a human resource management firm in Cincinnati, Ohio

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