Social Media and Recruiting 101: Overview and Recommendations

There is a lot of confusion and concern over the growing practice of reviewing job candidates’ social media activity during recruitment and selection. Targeted to social recruiting rookies (both individuals and employers), the latest SMinOrgs blog post provides an overview of how people’s digital activity can and should be considered during the hiring process. Questions and comments, especially from recruiting practitioners, are welcome. Here's a link:


This post was inspired by the feedback I received on my previous post entitled "Social Screening of Job Candidates: Focusing on the Facts," especially from Mark Hammer in GovLoop.

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Tags: hiring, human, media, recruitment, resources, screening, social

Comment by Valentino Martinez on July 30, 2011 at 11:56pm

Dear Dr. Hunt,

Your contribution to the subject of Social Media, as it relates to recruitment, is impressive and worth a reread because of its depth and insight. 

Whether employers, employees and "other individuals" (nice catch-all) take heed and follow your advice--which of course a healthy percentage will not--some will benefit from it.



Comment by Courtney Hunt on August 1, 2011 at 11:03am

Thanks so much for your positive feedback, Valentino. I'm glad you found the post valuable. Educating people is an important first step to making sure they do the right things. In other words, if they don't know the difference between right and wrong, how can we expect them to behave appropriately? You're right that many people will continue to do the wrong things, but I don't like to see people make innocent mistakes due to ignorance.


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