Radio listeners want to know: Are employers investigating my online postings? 

Employers are increasingly conducting online searches of their employees, and searching social media sites as part of the recruiting process. Employers large and small are now using Google, Facebook, YouTube, and dozens of other online, social media, blogging, and wiki sites to learn all about you. Sometimes it’s legal, sometimes it isn’t. Online investigations are aimed at existing employees as well as aspiring recruits. Can your past postings torpedo your chances of getting hired or promoted?

Wow this is scary stuff to anyone who is looking to get a job, or even keep one. Let’s get on-air and ask:

Is this legal?

Can employers ask for your login name and password?

What about Friend or Connection requests from employers or spoofs?

Should you warn friends not to post certain things about you?

What if frenemies post something bad about you that’s not true?

Are employers required to tell you if they find something bad?

Are employers required to ask permission before checking out your online profiles?

More show questions can be seen on our FAQs page – click

This guest-slot would be of nail-biting interest to anyone with a job and an online presence, those looking for a new job or a  promotion, and paranoid parents looking to protect their kids.

Last minute bookings are AOK.

Call or TXT Joe, 310 259 2403
or email

Very experienced talk show guest {below).

The only comp I’d like is the normal plugs and a backlink from your site to, probably saying that we talked about Social Media Background Checks.

PS I have a lot of talk experience, from my business book “The Small Business Owner’s Manual,” Career Press, 2005, ISBN 1-56414-813-0, on sale at Amazon (
 – And see my media px at
 – And I did a lot of podcasts for this too (summary at
 – And a sample radio interview is at