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Social Media Sites and Job Applicants


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August 25, 2010

A recent poll by the recruitment firm Penna Barkers of 84 organisations found that 41% of graduate recruiters have rejected job applicants after accessing information about candidates through social media sites such as Facebook.

Just 5% of organisations polled had a clear policy on whether line managers could use information found via social media sites when selecting job applicants for interview.  Despite this, 75% of organisations polled expressed concern that accessing information about job applicants through social media sites may be discriminatory. 

Lawson-West recommends that all employees and job candidates review their privacy settings on social media sites and ensure that potential employers do not see information or photographs intended for friends only and encourage friends to do the same.  This is more important as most social media sites are now open to search engines, not just other site users so your status update that was intended to be seen by friends only may be seen by potential employers.

Employers can use information from social media sites in the recruitment process, providing applicants are warned, the information is not used in a discriminatory manner and the information taken from social media sites is used in conjunction with an application form and/or CV as part of a fair and reasonable recruitment process.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-09-11 14:04:51 in Legal Articles

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