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
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 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