Many employers are now using social media in the recruitment process. They may use Facebook, LinkedIn, or CareerBuilding.com to advertise that they are looking for a particular candidate. Candidates as well post they are looking for certain positions, and you may look through the social media as a source to find candidates.
It is amazing what individuals will post on social networking sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, etc. Many believe that what they put on such sites is “private” even though it is on the World Wide Web. Even if your applicant has his or her site set as “private,” there is a lot of information that you can get. You can usually find an individual’s: education and work history; career interests; hobbies, memberships, favorite movies, drug use, poor judgment, vacation photographs, party photographs, family information, political views, and links to blogs. Some of this information you are clearly entitled to know during the application process such as education and work history. And what better way to verify the applicant’s application or resume?
To understand how to use social media to your benefit and avoid legal traps.
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Susan Fahey Desmond is a principal with Jackson Lewis PC, a labor and employment law boutique firm with offices across the country. Ms. Desmond has been representing management in all areas of labor and employment law since 1985. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers. Additionally, Ms. Desmond is frequently published on labor and employment law issues.