Published: Jul 26, 2011 11:21 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 26, 2011 10:21 PM EDT

When you are looking for a job, you would expect your prospective employer to do a background check, but how prepared are you for a social media background check?

The parties, that crazy weekend at the beach and that night you'd like to forget --it's online for the world to see.

Couple the explosion of social media sights like Facebook and Twitter with the desire so many have to share their most intimate moments, and you could have a recipe for unemployment.

Employment Attorney Denise Wheeler says, like a credit check, the Federal Trade Commission has granted 3rd party companies permission to search social media sites as a part of background checks for their clients.

Wheeler said employers will hire these companies to gather online information about you to help them make a hiring decision.

"They cant make the decision based on someone's age their race their marital status their disability or national origin," Wheeler said. "As long as they are not using those factors, everything else that you put out there is fair game."

Some students at Edison State College say they dislike the prospect of being cyber scutinized.

Many say if they haven't committed a crime, that should be enough.

Attorney Wheeler said, "If you have put the information in the public domain I think it is difficult for you to then complain that someone has looked at it."

The companies can go back several years to find information about you. Wheeler said everyone who has concerns should make sure to check the privacy settings on their accounts.