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Be cautious when using the Web to screen job candidates

I recommend reading today's Business Monday guest column by Mark J. Neuberger, who is of counsel in the Miami office of Foley & Lardner, where he represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. He writes about the complications recruiters are facing when it comes to social networking. Here's a snippet of his column:

"People who post personal information online expose their private lives and share details about themselves that would otherwise never be known to prospective employers. Photos of nights partying on South Beach can come back to haunt. At the same time, employers need to act responsibly with the information they have access to online.

By looking at a candidate's ''Web presence,'' employers will likely find answers to the types of questions they should have stopped asking 40 years ago. As a labor and employment attorney representing employers, I am frequently asked what is proper.

Unfortunately, the law has not caught up with technology, but I don't think more legislation or regulation is the answer. Rather, I would offer the following: Anyone thinking about getting a job should carefully analyze their image as reflected on the Internet. For the most part, individuals can control what is on the Web and use it to project an image which enhances employability. People who insist their lives are private and not fair game for Googlers ought to wake up to the realities. Simply put, if you don't want people to see it, don't post it or say it on the Web."

Read the whole column here: [Use Internet carefully for job screening]

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