Want a job? This site reveals if you have a chance

Fueled by big-time Silicon Valley money, new startup Identified rates your employability based on your Facebook info

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How did it arrive at this judgment? Somewhat surprisingly, Identified recognized the small liberal arts school I attended in Southern California and that I got a degree in English there. But the education portion of my score did not reflect that I went to said university on a scholarship, that I earned a second degree in Business Administration, whether or not I graduated with any honors, and so on. And why should it? Facebook can't accommodate any of that information. Oh, Identified didn't recognize the San Francisco high school I attended, either.

When companies search for you, what do they find?

What of the work history Identified imported from Facebook? Of the five or so past and present employers I listed, it recognized and thus "credited me" with just one: KFC, where I worked in 1991 through 1992 during my senior year of high school. So much for those two years at my first post-college job at a small community newspaper and my employment with InfoWorld since 1999! What's more, Identified helpfully chose to list my primary job as performer/instructor, because I spend a few hours a week performing and teaching at a local theater.

Maybe my friends can help

But salvation was at hand. Evidently, every connection I had to a different company or school, be it through one person or a dozen, boosted my Identified Score by a single point. Were I to connect via Facebook with, say, the CEO of Netflix, two VPs at Chevron, four undergraduates at the University of Boise, and one part-time cashier at McDonalds, my score would shoot up four points -- one for each organization. That's just ... weird.

Now that I was scored, I was able to unlock more of Identified's power. Under the heading Marketplace, it presented an automated stream of updates that it deemed of potential interest to me. Because I worked at KFC in 1991, Identified decided I would be interested in knowing that the company has recently hired someone who went to Maryville College and someone with a degree in Business from Wytheville Community College. It informed me that REI had hired someone who attended the same university from which I graduated in 1996. And because my title at InfoWorld is "senior analyst," it decided I must be interested in career-related news pertaining to other senior analysts, regardless of their field: one recently hired by Tiffany, one hired by Levi Strauss, and one hired by Analysis Group.

I could also see the rankings of my Facebook friends, presumably based on the information I'd passed on via Facebook when I allowed Identified to mine my account. That including one fellow with an Identified Score of 77, who lists himself as a member of the R&D department at Zombie Preparedness & Survial [sic] Industries (ZPSI).

I was also able to examine profiles of different companies on Identified. For example, my previous employer KFC has a score of 91 and is ranked 22nd in Travel and Hospitality against such competitors as Starbucks and Hilton Hotels. Companies, it turns out, are scored based on the weighted average scores of the people who work for them. I also learned that the most prominent job title at KFC is Cashier (held by 11 percent of its workforce), followed by Cook (just over 6 percent) and Manager (just over 4 percent). I also learned that the most common college major among employees at Disneyland is Business (just over 5 percent), followed by Communication and Drama.

With a little searching, I found the link through which I could deactivate my account. When I was prompted to confirm that I wanted to deactivate, I was given a space to explain why. I'm still struggling with exactly what to say, so please offer your suggestions in the comments below. A big bucket of Original Recipe goes to the winner.  

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