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How to Create an Effective Social Media Policy

So many employees are now working remotely indefinitely and the boundary between personal and professional use of social media can be blurred. Employers should create and update social media policies so that employees understand what is defined as inappropriate online behavior, including the concerns of senior leadership, HR, legal, marketing, communications, and IT. Some companies […]

What is a Social Media Search?

A social media search in a public and private records search engine can reveal data that is needed quickly and efficiently. This type of search can help find things like profile pictures, names, past names, current locations, past locations, and school and work experience. Anyone can conduct a manual social media search, but only those […]

Ugly Attack on Congress: Employers Turn to Social Media Background Checks

Employers across the nation are taking a closer look at their employees following the January 6 attack on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Chicago-area data company Congensia terminated its CEO after they determined he participated in the riots and Maryland-based direct marketing company Navistar terminated one of their employees after he was photographed and […]

Social Media Policy and Screening in K-12 Education

With schools moving in and out of remote options as the pandemic continues, it is important for expectations to be in place with all faculty and staff in mind that includes 1. a clear, definable social media policy and 2. mechanisms to uphold those polices. In order for any policy to be successful, however, it […]

71 percent of Hiring Decision-Makers Agree Social Media is Effective for Screening Applicants

A new survey from The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, has indicated that 71 percent of hiring decision makers in the United States use social media as an effective way to screen applicants, with 70 percent believing that employers should screen this way. But Jan Riggins, general manager for two Express franchises in […]

The Dangers of DIY Social Media Screening

Social media profiles make it easy to do a bit of background research on a person, but using that information in a hiring decision could be considered discriminatory. Examples of this include race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, citizenship, pregnancy, age and, in some states, sexual orientation, weight, and marital status. Some states have […]

90% of Employers Consider an Applicant’s Social Media Activity During Hiring Process

According to The Manifest 2020 Recruitment Survey, 90 percent of employers find social media important when they evaluate candidates and 79 percent of HR professionals have denied a job to a candidate due to inappropriate content on social media. Almost 43 percent of HR professionals rely on Google to research job candidates and social media […]

The Smart Way to Consider a Candidate’s Social Media

Although it can be tempting to conduct social media screenings as part of the hiring process, a company could face legal repercussions for considering the “protected class” information that is readily available through Google and social media searches. Those wishing to add this solution to their screening process should consider the following: Compliance with the […]

Social Media Screening: A Friend or Foe?

Although the number of social medial users continues to rapidly grow, its use is having both a positive and negative impact on the international background screening industry. The digital footprint of an individual offers a wealth of information that can reveal a significant part of his or her character, a useful tool for those conducting […]

The Pitfalls of Social Media Checks and How to Avoid Them

According to CareerBuilder research, seven in 10 employers are using social networking websites to research applicants during the hiring process, and nearly half continue to monitor this way throughout employment. But conducting social media screening in-house presents employers with potential liabilities and opens the door to possible discrimination and data protection claims. It is important […]


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