Archive for the Social Networking Category

Social Media in the Workplace

In the latest of my interviews with employment-law experts to promote the Austin Human Resource Management Association’s Legal and Regulatory Roundtable, I interviewed Allison Bowers about social media issues in the workplace. We discussed the NLRB’s recent actions concerning employer monitoring of employee’s social media activities as […]

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In Defense of Social Media and HR

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting The Business Case for Social Media in HR to the Hill Country Human Resources Management Association. What business does the president of the best background screening company in the universe have talking to HR folks about social media, you ask? […]

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How Reliable is an FBI Background Check?

Television crime shows like CSI give the impression that the federal government has a comprehensive database of all (or even just the most serious) criminal convictions in the US. With just a few keystrokes, POOF!, an individual’s entire criminal record appears along with an 8×10 color photo, […]

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Using Social Media in Recruiting and Selection: Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street…I’m Just Sayin’!

Last Friday, I attended the TCU Neely School of Business’ conference on business uses of social media. It was a great event that included a speaker from LinkedIn, Hubspot, SABRE Holding’s Cubeless team, and Handango, as well as authors of recent books on Twitter and Facebook. Using LinkedIn and […]

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Three Great Social Media Reads

I read three very insightful articles about social media, Twitter and Facebook to be exact, today. Over at Fistful of Talent, Jessica Lee lists ways companies should use Twitter to enhance their employment brand. “Using Twitter will only work if you’ve got a kicking brand already – you can’t buy […]

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CareerBuilder: 45% of Employers Use Networking Sites to Vet Candidates

Scott Nishimura at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram just published one of the most well-rounded articles I’ve read about using social media as a background checking tool. I’m not just saying that because he interviewed me for the article!

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Email Still #1 Source of Insider Information Leaks but Social Media is Catching Up

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, email is still the most common culprit in security breaches of company-confidential information. Blogs and other social media tools were also common sources of investigated breaches. Companies have had email security policies for years. Many are now developing social […]

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5 Trends in Employment Background Screening

I had the privilege of speaking to the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators’ annual conference last Friday. It’s always gratifying when there is a break in the middle of your presentation and everyone returns! In fact, it was standing room only during the second half of the […]

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The Imperative Podcast: The Business Case for Social Media with Shama Hyder

LISTEN NOW: Not long ago, most people’s sphere of influence extended to maybe a few dozen friends and colleagues and, if you really worked your network, some of their contacts. Networking meant working the telephone, going to after-hours mixers, and joining community organizations. Over the last decade, […]

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The Wrong Way to Use Social Networking in HR

There are bad ideas and then there are REALLY BAD ideas. Yansi.com, which claims to be “the world’s leading people search engine” (Ever heard of ‘em? I didn’t think so), is promoting use of its search engine by “hiring managers to check applicants social status, online identity, […]

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