I submitted an application to a company through Gild.com, which is a service the company I'm applying to is using.

I entered my resume and my basic contact info, and was presented with a list of 20 or so social network profiles, most of which that I'd totally forgotten about.

Is it just me who feels this is sketchy?

  • Are the profiles from other people/companies who also use this site? – Brandin Sep 26 '16 at 0:32
  • No its pretty left field stuff. Google plus, twitter. Flickr, even some sites I don't know what they sre – user47716 Sep 26 '16 at 0:42
  • @JoeStrazzere cancelled and sent an angellist message to the company instead. – user47716 Sep 26 '16 at 18:43

These days, assume that any company you apply to will research you on line. They're allowed to use anything that's public information, which includes most social sites.

If you don't want employers to see something, it is your responsibility to keep it unpublished. Since companies may change their system's behavior and their privacy policies with little or notice, that means don't post anything you aren't willing to have exposed. And think twice before posting even in supposedly private services.

Basic principle: If you aren't paying for a service, you aren't the customer -- you're the product, and you're being sold to others.

Sorry, but that's the nature of the Net.

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    I guess what bothers me (in addition to them showing me these links and not thinking it's creepy) is that they are able to get so much info from just my email address. If I make a anonymous username for exactly this reason they can still find me by my email, which I didn't realize. – user47716 Sep 26 '16 at 1:05
  • pretty much anything on the net is fair game. Information is currency so a LOT of innocuous seeming things are collecting every bit of info they can about everyone.. – Kilisi Sep 26 '16 at 1:18
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    @max This is one example why you should use multiple email addresses. Also I dont see anything creepy here. You could, for example, put someone's email address into Facebook search box, and Facebook will show you the profile linked to that email. This company seems to have just automated that. – Masked Man Sep 26 '16 at 5:53
  • are you realy sure about "They're allowed to use anything that's public information" ? – Pepone Sep 26 '16 at 18:06
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    Short of legally actionable discrimination, in the US, yes I'm sure. Never put anything on line that you wouldn't be willing to discuss with a potential boss. – keshlam Sep 26 '16 at 18:13

I would say that the site is actually doing you a service by reminding you of sites that you have accounts with but may have forgotten about. Many employers will do a public social media research on new hires and so you have to assume that any employee that you are applying to will see all of those sites. This way you can go verify that there is nothing publicly visible on then that an employer would find objectionable.

By doing a quick search of their own and showing that info to the job seeker, Guild.com is obviously hoping to strengthen candidates who apply through them.

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