Linking to Wikileaks Will Hurt Chances of Landing Federal Jobs
Linking to Wikileaks documents or commenting on them online may affect your chances of getting a job with the federal government, warns a recent email from Columbia University's Career Services Office to its students.
The advice came from a Columbia alumnus who is working at the State Department.
A Columbia University student forwarded me the following email:
From: Office of Career Services <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM
Subject: Wikileaks - Advice from an alum
We received a call today from a SIPA alumnus who is working at the State Department. He asked us to pass along the following information to anyone who will be applying for jobs in the federal government, since all would require a background investigation and in some instances a security clearance.
The documents released during the past few months through Wikileaks are still considered classified documents. He recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter. Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.
Office of Career Services
(Emphasis added by Wise Bread)
Wise Bread does not have an official position on this subject. I'm not saying you should or should not link to Wikileaks. But if you do so, just know that it might negatively affect your government job application.
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