Monday, August 24, 2009

On job hunters and social networking sites

It's been on the news that job hunters will also be using social networking sites, such as facebook, friendster etc., as a tool to do background checks on hopeful applicants. This "may" be feasible if the company is wanting to learn more about an applicant's personality and be able to see beyond what their resumes don't say.  It's a good tool however, my question is, is this a reliable method in finding out a person's ability to contribute to a company she is wanting to be a part of? And are there any legal implications because it would be like going into the nitty gritty detail of a person's life. Such  may be perceived as not giving everyone equal opportunities in the "job arena" whatever their profile may say. Well, am not an expert in the recruitment process but I must say that people who frequent and are members of these social networking sites may or may not be who they really are. I mean there are probably a number of people out there who want others to perceive their current status as perfect as compared to what really lies within. Just my thoughts...

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