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JOB APPLICANTS' ONLINE MUSINGS GET HARD LOOK
[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Weblogs; Job hunting; Preemployment screening
Author: Lewis, Diane E
Date: Mar 30, 2006
Start Page: A.1
Section: Business
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[Riba], who now designs and writes software requirements for a Massachusetts company, hasn't stopped blogging, but she's developed a personal blogging policy, with rules such as not identifying her employer in online postings, not identifying colleagues, and not revealing proprietary information.

Many college students assume employers can't see their postings on Facebook.com because online profiles are available only to people with college or university e-mail accounts. But employers can work around that impediment. Rebecca Flynn, a senior at Northeastern, said she interned for a company that asked her to check out co-op applicants' profiles on Facebook.com.

Natalie Gioella, a senior at Northeastern University, knows students who received offers for internships and co-op jobs, but were later turned down because of their postings on Facebook.com. So, Gioella, 23, doesn't post.

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