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Twenty-five years ago, social media influencer wasn’t a career title, personal mistakes weren’t plastered online for the world to see, and communication wasn’t instantaneous and reactions even faster. In 2019, however, the world is well aware of how quickly information travels. While social media has provided us with an effective way to share products, memes, and opinions, it can also spotlight offensive behavior. According to Pew Research Center, in 2018, 88% of 18- to 29-year-olds
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Between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, it seems that almost everyone is accessible through social media. While the general public thinks of social media as a platform for airing personal opinions, preferences, and photos, it can also serve as a useful tool for hiring managers. Screening social media accounts provides employers with insight into how well a potential new hire would fit with their company and reduces the risk of making a poor hire. Screening
Social media screening is becoming part of the mainstream background check process, similar to criminal records, financial history, and credentials.  As evidence of how mainstream it has become CareersBuilders.com reported that 70% of employers use social media for candidate research. If you are considering using your staff (HR and recruiting professionals) to perform social media screening, there are numerous risks.   Not only can your company be questioned about bias, but this raises concerns of having
Social media codes of conduct and policies can protect your business from the dangers of damaging online behavior if they exist and communicated to your staff and employees. The importance of these guidelines continues to rise because the frequency of social media mistakes and wrongdoings has increased. The Pew Research Center reports that nearly 70% of adults use social media.   A Bambu survey revealed that 7 in 10 people check social media at work. 
Lessons learned from Social Media Code of Conduct
As a new company, particularly one established to monitor and screen social media activity of potential candidates for employment, I felt it imperative that Social Media 23 should have a Social Media Code of Conduct for its employees.  Therefore, I set out on the journey to create such a Code of Conduct for Social Media 23. This article includes information about: How I went about the process,What I discovered about other organizations and institutions existing
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Social Media usage for hiring has two distinct categories: recruitment and screening.  Each category yields value, but social media screening exposes risk to the hiring organization.  This article establishes the role of each category and provides methods to minimize social media screening risk. Recruiting According to SHRM, recruiting via social media is used, or will be used, by a staggering  93% of organizations.  That includes 84% of organizations currently using it and 9% planning to
Background screening commonly includes criminal, education, financial, professional certification, employment status, and other areas of a candidate’s history.  Social media is now joining the list of standard background checks. You don’t have to search very long to find many examples of social media history and behavior affecting employees and their employment status.  Sometimes, people have been fired from positions based on recently discovered social media posts of their past.  Others have lost jobs before they
Bias occurs in all areas of our lives and is especially prevalent in hiring.  With decades of study and action to eliminate it, bias remains an issue that haunts HR and hiring professionals. Vanderbilt University defines unconscious bias as “prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person, or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair.”  Many researchers think unconscious bias occurs automatically, as the name
Social media usage continues to grow. New users and new applications are reported every year. In case you missed it Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, posted this announcement on their platform about achieving 2 Billion users.  To put that into perspective, that is six times the population of the US. And there are also new stories of past online behavior that has been exposed and resulting in trouble for the poster.  Take for example the case
Facebook and Twitter usage now span a decade.  You only have to watch the nightly news to see quotes from a Tweet, Instagram or Facebook post.  Social media usage is now the norm; Pew Research reports that nearly 7 of 10 Americans saying they use social media.  It’s far more uncommon to encounter someone who does not use social media than that does. As social media applications become more sophisticated over time, so did the