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Some bosses are "shoulder surfing" to see the private things employees post online

Some bosses are "shoulder surfing" to see the private things employees post online (Photo: KUTV file photo)

Jeanette Torres says the first lesson she learned in grad school was, basically, Social Media 101.

“The very first thing they told us was change your email, clean up your Facebook because we have checked, and your future employers will check also,” she said.

A CareerBuilder survey found 70% of potential employers used social media to screen candidates and more than half didn't hire someone because of something they saw.

In Utah, it is against the law for a boss to demand that you disclose your username and password so they can see stuff that you posted privately. But Consumer Reports Sr. Money Writer Donna Rosato says laws like that are leading to trend called, “shoulder surfing."

“That is when the employer will have you open up your social media account and literally stand over your shoulder checking out your page," Rosato said.

And Rosato says, don't forget, you can always use social media stalking to your advantage by accentuating the positive, like highlighting photos of volunteer work you do, and eliminate the negative.

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