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Risky business

from Human Resources Online

Legal experts have one main thing to say to employers considering using social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as an initial job-candidate screening tool: Don't do it. According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, more employers are turning to social networking sites to find information on potential candidates. And, CareerBuilder reports, 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social media say they've found content that led them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent last year and 34 percent in 2012. Two employment lawyers who regularly counsel employers say using social media as a first-cut screening tool could not only end up in litigation, but could also result in losing out on a potentially talented worker. more

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