Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Background Checks via Social Media

I was reading my HR magazine last night and there was an article about employers NOT using social media for screening candidates.  The article, written by Bill Leonard, states the following percentages from their survey in April 2011.

"Twenty-six percent of 417 respondents said their organizations use search engines to screen job applicants, while only 18 percent of 441 poll participants said their companies use social networking sites (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) for the same purpose."

As expected, much of this non-use is driven by potential "legal risks and ramifications."

So, where does this leave you as the employer?  As always, be consistent in your screening and background practices, and if you elect to use on-line information in your recruiting practice, do so for all candidates and document your process.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Mother Nature's Coloring Book

"When you put your hand in the flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come."

~ Leonardo da Vinci

If you have your hand in the flowing stream at this point in the season, you're lucky. Or crazy. Or adventurous. Or D.) All of the above. Sitting at a Celebration of Life yesterday, this quote seemed so appropriate. We honored the spirit of the person who had moved on to a more peaceful world, yet we celebrated all that he had touched. Waters, countries, borders, soil, mountains, children, strangers, friends, family and human kind itself. Tears marked the memories of all that he gave during his short 36 years on earth. He lived large. And yet, he felt small. The world is, indeed, a humbling place.

Catching my breath, I see friends bursting forth to drink in the glorious, waning days of summer. Leaves are changing and blowing and dropping. Apples kiss the green and gold tress with a hint of red as they ripen. The Big Sky is bluer than blue. We've not seen any measurable amounts of rain recently, but we're holding our own. Around here, we're still inches ahead of "normal" for rainfall, and it's been a long, long, long time since we've heard that. Colorful and yummy jellies and jams and pickles are being canned. I hear of warm, cozy casserole dishes being created - lasagna, chicken pot pie, soups, stews. In Montana that means "hibernation" is almost a reality. And speaking of which, the bears can't be counted out just yet. They've been a little quiet since the White Pine Bark and the berry crop were better this season, but they're coming back around. We're currently on the look out for a momma and her two cubs right here at the Web Shack :) Think we can get them to smile for the Web Cam?
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, we hope you are well. Enjoy the best that this time of transition has to offer. Safe travels to you if you are on the move. Keep CoolWorks in mind when you start dreaming about your next adventure or the staff you need to hire. Until then,

"To lie under a tree, listening to the murmur of the water, and watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock