Job recruiters utilise social media

10/08/10

It's in the public domain, so surely that means it's OK to use social media as part of the job recruitment process?

But almost 40 percent of job seekers surveyed believe employers are using social networking profiles to help vet applications, but shouldn't do so. However, 35 percent believe employers use social networking sites and also believe they should use such information on those sites to vet applications.. Just 27 percent of those surveyed think employers do not use social media as part of the recruitment process. The survey, carried out by Hays - Recruiting Experts Worldwide, reignites the debate about public versus private life, but this time it's not well-known people in the public domain, but every-day job seekers. The majority of people feel their personal life and their social media profiles shouldn't be used as part of the job decision-making process. But the argument is that anything that happens in the public domain are open to public scrutiny and assessment, with some saying reviewing a candidate's social media profile is not that different from conducting a security check - although consent is needed for the latter. So, if job seekers aren't wanting recruiters knowing what they got up to on the weekend, and the photos to go with it, then tight security settings on Facebook, Twitter etc is what is called for. Making sure that just your friends can see your profile is a good start. But it's not just Facebook that potential employers are looking at - careful with comments you leave on blog sites and perhaps a video that you've been tagged in on YouTube. But, having said all this, cyberspace is a great place to promote yourself and you can certainly use it for your advantage with potential employers. For example, being connected with LinkedIn is a good place to start - showing your willingness to connect with other businesses and people in the same industry as you. There is always a positive side to social networking, but just take care with security settings, wayward pics of yourself and what you're saying online.