BETHLEHEM,PA— Employers should not require or request that job candidates provide password/login information totheir personal social network accounts as a condition of employment or as a condition of consideration for employment, according tothe National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
The association representstheinterests of nearly 8,000 college recruiting professionals, who recruit and hire new college graduates fortheir organizations’ work forces, and career services professionals, who counsel and advise college students and graduates inthecareer planning and job-search process.
“NACE’s position is that this practice violates ethical standards,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.
NACE’s “Principles for Professional Practice” provides for a recruitment process that is consistent with EEO and privacy laws and a process in which students are free from undue pressure.
“We advise college career services professionals to counseltheir students that employers do not have a right to requirethem to providetheir logins and passwords duringtheemployment recruiting process,” says Mackes.
Since 1956, theNational Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been theleading source of information about theemployment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org.