Monthly Archives: November 2011

Have you cleared your “Social Media Background Check” !!

Sounds Scary….. Sounds Funny….. Sounds Strange…… Well, this might just happen soon.  (Some companies have already started it )

Lets get down to business 🙂 As you are aware companies do a Background Check for the candidates (Offered / Yet to Offer). Some companies do it before joining and some afterwards. Following are some of the Background Checks that companies do:

– Education Background Check

– Previous / Currently Employer Check

– Criminal Background Check and so on.

How about they conducting your Social Media Background Check ??? Are you ready for it?
 
How about your prospective employer checking your Facebook Status? What if they are following your tweets on Twitter?  What if they look at your personal Blog?
 
As of now such checks are not that common, but soon their might be a scenario where in companies will request for such checks. So now you might ask, is this thing Ethical? Do companies have the right to check Your Facebook / Twitter Updates. Can they reject your resume based on the Blogs your maintain? Well, its kind of tricky. There is no right or wrong answer to it. I personally think that Companies should be more careful when they decide to enter this area. At times they might make an error and a false Judgement.
 
Also on the other hand, candidates too must be careful while managing their Facebook / Twitter and other Social Media Channels. I am sure that you might say, I dont care, its my Personal Account, I can post anything I want. Fair enough but as an employee, you don’t want potential employers knowing certain things about you that might make you a less attractive candidate due to their personal biases. As an employer, even if none of those things matter, just accidentally finding them out can be a problem.
 
So would do you think about this ? Looking forward to your views. You might agree or might disagree. So bring it on………

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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Should Recruiters Create Their Own LinkedIn Groups !!

Interesting question… right.. Well its a question that also has an interesting answer. The following post is an attempt to also share my personal experience with creating LinkedIn Groups. Well its as easy as creating a Page / Group on Facebook 🙂 Well lets not divert our attention to Facebook.

OK, so lets get back. The question that i am asking is that “Should Recruiters Create Their Own LinkedIn Groups” Would you as a recruiter create a group or rather you would prefer to join a group. As mentioned, let me take this opportunity to share my experience about creating groups on LinkedIn.

I am currently managing 3 groups on LinkedIn – Global Mainframe Group (1004 members) / Blogs ! Blogs ! Blogs ! (116 members) and VisionPlus Jobs  (49 members). OK, enough of self promotion, lets get to the point. I would like to present some of the points that might help you to answer this question.

– Creating LinkedIn Group helps you to create your own Brand. This is a best way to show the target community about your professional interest and your knowledge about the related group.

– You can send a message to everyone in your group, even if they are not your direct connections.

– You can also create Discussions in your group that will help your target audience to share their views and also ask questions related to the Group subject.

 

 

 

For example, professionals share about the latest events , Webinar and News related to Mainframe Technology ( Global Mainframe Group )

– Also as a group manager you can also create  “Featured Discussions” . Your discussion will be visible on the top of all the discussions. This is as good as a private spot for any information that you want to share.

So let me ask you a question again, would you like to create your own LinkedIn Group !!

PS: Before you log into your LinkedIn account and start creating a group for yourself, let me also highlight some points that you need to be very careful once you decide to have your own group.

– Ensure that you are clear about what kind of target audience you want

– Do keep the group active with relevant topics / discussions related to your group subject.

– Also do moderate the member list / jobs / discussions posted by the members

So, are you ready to create your own group on LinkedIn? Looking forward to your views on this post also about your experience while creating a group. Its always good to learn from our fellow community members and professionals out there. Following is a link that might also give you a fair idea of the kinds of groups that are present on LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/directory/groups/

Happy Recruiting

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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