Using Social Media For Hiring: It It Worth The Risks?

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The rise in social media sites has provided employers with the opportunity to learn more about job applicants than ever before. It is an enticing notion to be able to take a "sneak peak" into an applicant's personal life. But employers must be wary. Using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and other social media websites to screen candidates may be as difficult as navigating through a minefield. While online research offers potential benefits such as easy, convenient and free information regarding a candidate, employers must also be aware of the concurrent risks associated with such research.

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