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Links Latest Salary Guide
Links Getting results with Free Online Technical Testing
Links When recruiting IT staff, what is more important – skills or attitude?
Links Social Media - Should You Look
Links IT Market Summary - October
Links Why it’s Time to Celebrate – and to Adapt
Links Is Your PSL Working for you?
Links Is Sickness Making Your Business Ill
Links Recruit Someone Worth Recruiting
Links BYOD: Have You Got Control?
Links 3 Superstar Candidate Traits
Links IT Recruitment Market Summary – September
Links IT: The Second Coming
Links Cloud Bust – 14 days to find new cloud vendor
Links Too Lean: Too Mean
Links Try Before you Buy
Links Qualifications vs Experience
Links XP Support Ending: Is your Business Ready?
Links The Must Read for Anyone Planning to Recruit this Year
Links 50 Shades of Blue
Links IT Recruitment Market Summary – August
Links Fix your Broken Team
Links Is Your Marketing Department Draining your IT Budget
Links I Can Stop Your Heart at 50 Paces
Links IT Recruitment Market Summary – July
Links Wish You Were Here?
Links Increasing your bottom line - is it time for a Digital Makeover?
Links Langley James IT Recruitment Market Summary - June
Links How many golf balls can you fit in a 747?
Links Microsoft end Windows XP support
Links Langley James IT Recruitment Market Summary - May
Links Be a Hero not just a Saviour
Links Langley James IT Recruitment Market Summary – April
Links IT Contractors can be more cost effective
Links Active, looking and in your area
Links Langley James IT Recruitment Market Summary – March
Links How to be an Undercover Boss
Links Vacation Solutions
Links Employers, do you do your due diligence when it comes to candidates?
Links Is your recruitment process causing you to miss out on the best IT talent?
Links Langley James IT Recruitment Market Summary - February
Links Recruit Someone Worth Recruiting – Part Two - Turn Browsers into Buyers
Links Recruit Someone Worth Recruiting - Motivate Change - Part One
Links Five tips to help your business survive the next snowpocalypse
Links Six Quirky Questions Asked During Interviews
Links Looking back at 2012: IT jobs were the corner-stone of the UK economy
Links Have cool coders replaced the clichéd computing nerd?
Links You are what you wear: How clothes can influence your career
Links Is your company vulnerable to insider security threats?
Links Some great news
Links Calls for changes to Agency Worker Regulations
Links Recruit someone worth Recruiting, be different from the rest - Be attractive
Links Why IT Contractors are more than just an interim solution
Links Demand for skills keeps IT jobs market buoyant
Links Increase productivity - managing distractions in the workplace
Links October IT Recruitment Market Summary
Links September IT Recruitment Market Summary
Links How IT Contractors can help you beat the 2012 summer holiday hangover
Links There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and CV’s
Links August IT Recruitment Market Summary
Links Lacklustre IT skills not to blame for poor productivity
Links Langley James IT Recruitment Market Summary
Links What to do when you struggle to find suitably qualified staff
Links How social media can help you advance your career
Links A healthy workforce is a happy and productive workforce
Links June 2012 IT Recruitment Market Summary
Links The most employable candidates are those who adapt to changes in technology
Links The controversial ‘compensated no-fault dismissal’ scheme could ease the IT skill shortage
Links May 2012 IT Recruitment Market Summary
Links Five things we have done to improve our IT Recruitment Services to you in the last month
Links Taboo Interview Questions
Links March 2012 IT Recruitment Market Update
Links IT Contractors can be more cost effective
Links February 2012 IT Recruitment Market Update
Links November IT recruitment update and salary guide
Links Is your Company attractive to potential employees
Links October IT Recruitment Market Update
Links September IT Recruitment Market Update
Links Great Interview Questions
Links Can you put a price on employee loyalty
Links July's Market Update
Links Why do people quit...
Links Detecting Liars
Links The Best Interview Question of All Time by Lou Adler
Links Positive Interviewing
Links Attracting Good Employees
Links IT salary guide and market update
Links Recruitment, the truth, the whole truth and .......
Links Rebuild your business one employee at a time
Links Ten ideas to motivate your team
Links Brainteasers
Links A message to all Managers
Links 5 free job description templates from Info~Tech Research Group
Links Taboo Interview Questions
Links Good News for the Recruitment Market
Links Autumn 09 IT Recruitment Overview
Links Swine Flu – BE PREPARED !!
Links IT Contractors can be more cost effective
Links Alternative to redundancy proposed by the CBI
Links If you use Outlook, meet Xobni
Links Salary Guide - April 2009
Links The Exit Interview
Links References and Social Networking Sites
Links IT Recruitment Salary Survey Results
Links Common mistakes of IT recruitment
Links New Microsoft Certifications to assist IT Recruitment
Links 2009 Outlook for the IT industry

Articles

References and Social Networking Sites

Why are more people using Social Networking Sites to assist making decisions on future employees, suppliers and existing employees?


Employment References, over the past decade have become nothing more than Employment Verifications, rarely is a written reference obtained giving statements and opinions from line managers on subjects such as performance, peer and management relationships, strengths and weaknesses. Even the question “Would you re employ this person? Can be answered "It is against company policy" Some would say this information is needed to make an informed decision. Now all that is supplied are the bare facts such as Job Title, Dates of Employment / contract and salary, even the salary sometimes can only be given if permission is given from the person the reference is regarding. Employment Verifications in days gone by would have only been supplied to mortgage lenders or landlords.


So, why have Employment References become difficult to obtain? Two reasons, The Data Protection Act 1988 and the ever booming Compensation Culture.


The Data Protection Act 1998 actually makes an exception regarding Employment References relating to training, employment or providing a service, however the recipient of the reference is not protected by this exemption, more information can be found at Data Protection Good Practice Note - Subject access and employment references http://tinyurl.com/b5z3tx


The cost of a bad decision relating to new employees or suppliers can be costly and an informed knowledgeable decision is typically more reliable than decisions based on feelings or intuition. So when minimal information is gleamed from "References" it is becoming popular to use other mediums.


So what of social networking sites; Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo; will your future clients make their decisions on the search results of those individuals employed by your company rather than on the information draw from searching on the company itself, if so how will this be monitored in the future?


Caution should always be exercised in relation to breaching discriminatory hiring practices on the basis of religion, race, gender, marital status, disability, and so on although so far there has not been any publicity of this, but are the days numbered before it is?


With so much archived historical information being uploaded onto the web you never know what dark secrets may resurface, although quite funny, does Robert Opal still wish to be reminded of his 1973 antics and what views are drawn on by those that search on him, and can Gerard Ratner ever move on from his 1991 gaffe. And the poor people with the same names as others that they may not wish to be associated with, where is it all going?


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James Toovey is a Director with Langley James, one of the leading consultancies specialising in permanent and contract IT Vacancies. They have offices for IT Recruitment in London and IT Recruitment in Manchester
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