In the news

An interview I did late last year for Nett magazine on social networking and recruitment was finally published. Sarah Stokely did a great job getting some many different view points and quotes about social networking in the office. You can read the full article online or just my bits below:

Human resources and recruitment professionals tend to be concerned with productivity and security issues around Facebook rather than viewing it as a recruitment tool.

“Facebook is still seen by many as a place that kids hang out, but this is changing,” says human resources technology and social networking consultant Michael Specht.

“LinkedIn and LinkMe are becoming very popular for agency recruiters, but not so much for corporate recruiters yet.”

However, some agencies are not using these tools very well.

“I often hear of colleagues who have been cold called by a recruiter based on them searching in LinkedIn and know very little about the person they are calling, like they are running their own business or moved out of that particular area of work,” he says.

“Many of these profiles are not kept up to date by people, making their usefulness, without other research, limited.”

2 thoughts on “In the news

  1. The article begins “Like it or not, social networking sites are part of the workplace.”

    But are they? Is my mother’s group now part of the workplace? Is my squash club now part of the workplace?

    Who’s employment contract mentions “social networks”?

    As for the article content, the comment from Michael Park, at Deacons, should be in bold flashing text – “misuse of personal information about a candidate could expose a company to a discrimination suit.”

    While we’re seeing press coverage of people being sacked for publicly saying things about their workplace – it’s only a matter of time before we see a discrimination suit.

    Penelope Trunk says “facebook is like a bar”. But clearly it is not, because the only people who can hear or see what you get up to in a bar are the people in that bar, unlike facebook.

    Then Colin Jacobs says “If you are acting unethically or in a way that brings your company into disrepute and documenting it on Facebook, the situation is no different than if you were spotted down at the beach on a sick day,”. I can’t quite figure out how going to the beach when you’re off sick will bring your company into disrepute. Unless perhaps you’re a flasher and you are wearing a coat with your company’s logo emblazoned on it.

    The issue with facebook, and indeed all public web sites with a large audience, is that that if your boss can see your comments, the whole world can see it. Furthermore, because of the ‘networking aspect’ of facebook, your ‘friends’ attention may be drawn to your comments by an email alert. So in effect it is a publishing medium, and potentially a very powerful one, as we are seeing with the Kimberley Swan case in the UK.

    Maybe a good rule of thumb is “don’t write anything on a public facebook page which you wouldn’t want quoted in a newspaper and attributed to you!”

  2. While there are potential benefits for a few, most recruiters have no business using Facebook to find potential employees. In this economic environment there will be plenty of resumes coming across their desks from qualified candidates. Using Facebook leads to some less reputable HR departments hiring based on how nice someone’s font is or any equally inane feature. If recruiters really understood the companies needs they would be able to hire based on the qualifications listed in a traditional resume.

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