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Use Social Media for Recruitment


Are you using social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to source, screen, and background check potential employees? If you are avoiding social media sites, you are missing a rich opportunity to mine the Web for talent.

But, the jury’s still out on using social media for screening and background checks. My suspicion is that more employers use social media for the checks than are willing to go on record saying so. It’s only human for interview team members to search for their candidate’s name in Google and other search engines.

Job search experts tell working adults to be careful about what they post publicly on social media sites. They recognize that, on the record – or not, a hiring decision can be influenced by social media posts. You wouldn’t want to miss out on your dream job because you commented on a colleague’s blog post that you had to be carried out of the party Saturday night. (Of course, people do amazing things at company events – just don’t talk about them online in a public forum.)