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Jennifer King is an HR Analyst at Software Advice, a company that reviews and compares recruiting and employee performance review software. She reports on trends, best practices and technology in human resources. The Global Human Resources Outsourcing (GHRO) team enjoys Jennifer’s insights into the recruiting industry, and so today’s post reprises elements of one of her recent blogs: Why Recruiters Use Social Networks to Screen Job Candidates.
In a 2011 Reppler survey about how recruiters use social networks to screen candidates, 91 percent of the respondents claimed they have visited a potential candidate’s profile on a social network as part of the screening process. But why? With all the tweets, status updates and comments, it’s unavoidable for any social job seeker not to be searchable in some way.
With social media, it’s possible to learn more about a job seeker than what is on his or her resume, giving recruiters and hiring managers more insight into the behaviors and personal lives of their candidates.
According to Eric Meyer, partner in the labor and employment group at Dilworth Paxson LLP, “Businesses and recruiters want to know as much as they can about a person who they may give a job offer. But the real purpose behind screening is to make sure the person you’re hiring doesn’t have any red flags that would make them a bad fit or a potential liability for the business.”
When it comes to commenting, posting photos or sharing status updates, we don’t typically update our social media profiles with recruiters in mind. Instead, we post things that are relevant to our lives, interests and personalities, giving recruiters a clearer picture of the person behind the resume.
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For recruiters and hiring managers who choose to look up candidates online, it’s likely that what they find will also shape their first impression of that person.
“Perception is reality in the business world,” says Amy Henderson, account executive with Technisource, part of Randstad Technologies. “The way people perceive you online, through social media—that’s what they use to make first impressions. And those first impressions are lasting impressions.”
And even with privacy restrictions set up on social networking sites like Facebook, it doesn’t mean an employer won’t take extra steps to get a look at what’s behind those privacy restrictions, even if that means bluntly asking a job candidate for his or her login information.
But by requiring login credentials for candidates’ social media profiles, employers run the risk of losing top talent due to a perceived lack of trust.
by admin on Apr.04, 2012, under Career Systems Development, employee relations, employment, Employment Services, GHRO, Hiring, HR, Human Resources, outsourcing, Small Business News, Staff Leasing Company, Talent Acquistion
A talent management system (TMS) is an integrated software suite that addresses the “four pillars” of talent management: recruitment, performance management, learning and development, and compensation management.
Talent management systems focus on providing strategic assistance to organizations in the accomplishment of long-term enterprise goals with respect to talent, aka “human capital.”
HRO Today has announced its 2012 TMS Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings.
The Global Human Resources Outsourcing (GHRO) team took a look at the Top Five apps on the list:
Lumesse, Europe’s largest independent talent management solutions company, has released a new version of its Lumesse Mobile app for Apple iOS, with an enhanced user experience, multi-lingual capabilities and improved usability. The Lumesse Mobile app allows businesses worldwide using Lumesse TalentLink 12 to give managers access to key process steps and employee information in multiple languages from their iPhones (the app is also iPad-compatible.) Lumesse Mobile is designed as a true native iOS app to ensure a responsive, high quality user experience on mobile platforms.
myStaffingPro is a full-featured applicant tracking and recruiting software system with advanced applicant screening capabilities. myStaffingPro provides professional staffing software tools designed to help users achieve hiring goals while saving time and money. myStaffingPro Elevate: social recruiting and employment branding software that harnesses social media, job distribution, network building and career site techniques. myStaffingPro Express: economical solution for companies looking for the essentials in applicant tracking.
Kenexa offers unified business solutions for human resources that support the entire employee lifecycle, including:
- Recruitment Solutions (RPO)
- Employment Branding
- Employee Assessments
- Talent Management
- Compensation Solutions
- Engagement Surveys
- Leadership Solutions
iCIMS is a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software for growing businesses. iCIMS’ Scalable Talent Acquisition Software offers:
- Secure Web-based platform accessible from anywhere, anytime
- Fully automated job publishing to social networks
- Electronic onboarding documents and communication
- Robust searching and reporting functions
- Free 24×5 access to award-winning customer support
SilkRoad Technology is a leading provider of social talent management solutions. RedCarpet, SilkRoad’s HR onboarding program, helps organizations better plan and manage employees during transitions using tools that include:
- Onboarding management – Automated workflows, standardized task assignment, reporting, global localization and an intuitive user-interface designed to help HR professionals and managers efficiently streamline the onboarding process.
- Employee portals – Branded content, social network integration and ongoing communication help transition employees into company culture and keep them in-the-know during transitions.
Electronic forms – Auto-populated fields, electronic signatures and instant delivery help HR managers keep compliant with E-Verify and I-9 while eliminating time and cost associated with paper-based administration.
Small businesses can close their billfolds and breathe a sigh of relief. After knocking around Capitol Hill for several years, the Paycheck Fairness Act was narrowly shot down by the Senate in a 58-41 vote—just two votes shy of passing. The House had already approved the act. One likely problem: the Paycheck Fairness Act was widely viewed as not very fair at all.
Intended as an update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Paycheck Fairness Act was regarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups as potentially destructive to small businesses. First, the act would have penalized employers for unintentional disparities in employee compensation, rendering employers responsible for unlimited punitive damages. The act also would have eradicated limits for back pay and punitive and compensatory damages. Second, the act could have had devastating effects on Equal Pay Act class action lawsuits by eliminating the employees’ need to opt in as a party to the suit. Finally, the act would have removed an employer’s freedom to pay employees on its own terms, such as where different duties exist within similar job classes or where employees have variations in prior salary history.
Though wage fairness is an issue worth further examination, the Paycheck Fairness Act doesn’t seem to be the right answer for right now. The act could potentially resurface with the new Congress as early as January, but this defeat likely marks the end of the Paycheck Fairness Act due to the more Republican face of the Senate in 2011.