“Thank you for your interest in applying at Sears. May I briefly take a look at the names and job histories of everyone you’ve friended on Facebook in the past seven years?”
That may not be a question encountered if one picks up an in-store application at Sears, but it is implicit when one chooses to apply to Sears using its third-party Facebook application.
In association with Findly, a consulting company specializing in employee recruiting, Sears uses a third-party widget that requests information from an applicant’s Facebook profile to speed up his or her job application. Before the widget automatically fills out portions of the application, the Facebook user must okay the following request:
Findly would like to access your public profile, friend list, email address, birthday, work history, education history, current city, personal description, likes and your friends’ work histories.
Many social media users recognize that many prospective employers
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