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Montana job seekers asked for Facebook, MySpace logins

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(Read caption) Big sky – but turn in your passwords to work here?

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As if job hunting weren't tough enough already, job seekers looking for a position with the City of Bozeman, Mont., have been thrown an application curve ball.

The city of Bozeman has requested that candidates provide their username and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The application asks that candidates "list any and all current personal or business Web sites, web pages, or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs, or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc," reports The Associated Press.

The city told the AP that they have requested the password and username information to verify employee information to conduct background checks, and that the city will not use any information against potential candidates nor will they disregard applicants who choose not to submit their login information.

More recruiters are using the Internet to conduct background checks on potential employees. In a September 2008 CareerBuilder survey of 31,000 employers, 22 percent said they use social networking sites to evaluate candidates and 9 percent said they planned on using social networks to screen candidates.

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