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New Study Indicates Employers Exclude Viable Candidates by Scanning Facebook Profiles

This just in…if employers think scanning Facebook profiles to screen job applicants is a good idea, they may want to reconsider.

According to a new study from North Carolina State University, companies may have a misunderstanding of online behavior and may be eliminating viable job seekers.

Researchers tested 175 participants to examine personality traits employers seek such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and extraversion. Essentially researchers looked at subjects’ Facebook behavior to see which actions were associated with certain personality traits.  Read more

4 Tips for Checking Facebook at Work

Whether you’re online all day or hop onto Facebook on your work computer just to quickly peruse your newsfeed, lawmakers are cracking down, as per a piece on U.S. News & World Report,

Social media privacy laws have been introduced or they’re pending in 35 states, says the National Conference of State Legistlators. That’s not all — since this past January, five states (Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Washington), implemented legislation that makes it prohibitive for employers to access employees’ social media passwords.

That said, there are some loopholes. For instance, per the piece there’s a new law in Utah that allows employers to request employees’ passwords for Facebook or Twitter when the tech device has been supplied by or paid for by the company. Whether it was paid by the employer in whole or in part, the law still applies. Read more

Tina Brown Urges Women to “Lean ON” Companies to Do Better

Women in the World 2013


At Newsweek Daily Beast’s fourth annual Women in the World Summit, Tina Brown said the glass ceiling is a “luxury” compared to the atrocities women in the rest of the world face, like the honor killings in Pakistan and the tens of thousands of rapes in Syria.

In her opening remarks Thursday at New York’s Lincoln Center, Brown gave credit to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg for “starting the conversation” about the lack of female leaders in business with her buzzed-about book Lean In. However, she stressed, there is still much work to be done.

Tina Brown“Leaning in can only be a part of the strategy. Leaning in works only in places where women are close enough to reach their rightful goals,” said Brown.

“Our mission at this summit isn’t just to lean in, but to lean ON — lean ON corporations to change the pitiful representation of women in board rooms, lean ON prosecutors to commit to end rampant sexual violence, lean ON the courts in Latin America to put an end to punitive violence against women, lean ON the pimps who sell girls for sex and the johns who buy them, lean ON the clerks of all religions who condone or turn a blind eye to the abuse of women and deny their fundamental rights, lean ON brothers who murder their sisters in so-called honor killings, lean ON entire governments to safeguard the rights and well-being and free up the economic potential of all their citizens. Lean ON.”

See more photos from the event on FishbowlNY and watch a live stream of Day 2 here.

Deciphering the New Facebook Graph & What It Means For Your Career

Facebook announced their new graph search and immediately users started thinking about their entire history on the site. Well, when it comes to job hunting or upward mobility in your career, there are a few things to keep in mind.

For starters, like companies you may want to work for. Get schooled on what’s going on in their company and remember there’s someone powering their social media engine, even though they may be in PR instead of HR, it’s a great way to connect to get your foot in the door.

Secondly, Complete your work history. (Yes, this means from back in the day). Recruiters frequently search by keyword such as their company’s competitor. Read more

Lessons Learned from Social Media: Watch the ‘F’ Word (as in Facebook)

Here’s a word to the wise to all of the social media divas and divos out there — you can never be too careful when it comes to Facebook.

Here’s why: On Friday, the Montana Office of Tourism got in a bit of hot water when its status update on its official page read:  ”F this job. I just want to live in Whitefish with my future husband. Leaving Bozeman for good tomorrow. I love you with all my heart and you are not leaving me. Never. Thanks for the good times MercuryCSC!” Read more

7 Things Job Seekers Should Include in Social Media Profiles

Social media has revolutionized the way recruiters search for talent, which means job seekers need to make sure their profiles are tuned to perfection. After all, you never know when the right person will stumble across your LinkedIn page at the right time. In the latest Mediabistro feature, career experts and seasoned freelancers tell how to get the most out of social media profiles during the job search. One thing you can include is:

Charity work and professional affiliations

Even if it doesn’t relate to the media biz, fulfilling work you do outside of a paying job can be a great conversation starter. Plus, you never know if the person scoping out your profile knows someone involved in that organization. So, if you spend Sundays tutoring kids at the local community center or helping your child’s PTA organization, include it on your profile.

Likewise, listing professional groups you belong to is a good idea because it builds credibility. (It’s the perfect chance to list those organizations that you pay to belong to just so you can list them on your resume!)

Read more in What Job Seekers Should (and Shouldn’t) Include on Their Social Media Profiles. [subscription required]

Reuters Sent Memo to Employees Regarding Social Media Guidelines During Election Night

Since social media is a constant part of our lives, soon it’ll be hard to imagine an election without its presence, right?

As such, it’s no surprise that media giants like Reuters reminded staffs about social media rules during election night. As pointed out by JimRomenesko, the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post recently sent reminders and as per his site yesterday, Reuters was the latest employer to issue a reminder as well. Read more

Friendly Facebook Reminder for Your Job: Be Careful What You Post

As the presidential campaign heats up, maybe you’ve been posted a heated status update or two on your Facebook account?

Okay, even if you haven’t, this little employment story is a reminder to all of us to watch what we post.

Check that — it’s more like an unemployment story now.

The National Relations Board determined that a car dealership did not violate federal labor laws by firing one of its employees after sarcastic comments on Facebook. The salesman posted photos and comments with the caption, “OOPS,” after his teen drove one of the Land Rovers into a pond.

Oops indeed. Read more

Got Distractions? New Infographic Shows Workers Get Interrupted Four Times Every Hour

The statistics are staggering. Sure, we’re pretty confident social media is not only beneficial to our work, it’s also a distraction. Thanks to Red e App’s new infographic, the numbers tell all.

In fact, employees are interrupted one time every 10.5 minutes and it will take about 23 minutes to return to an assigned task after the interruption. The average user spends 405 minutes on Facebook and 89 minutes on Twitter per month. Plus, reading and responding to e-mails on a daily basis consumes about 28 percent of an employee’s time.

Not only does it disrupt your day, it disrupts the economy as well to the tune of $650 billion lost dollars every year. Check out the infographic below!

Social Media Monster [Infographic]
Courtesy of Red e App

Facebook Set to Launch Jobs Board in August

According to a FINS press release, Facebook has sights set on launching its own job board in August. Essentially, Facebook users will have access to search job postings aggregated from third-party providers.

According to insiders, three job posting companies already involved will be BranchOut, JobVite and Work4 Labs. It sounds like Facebook won’t monetize the service at first though it’s unclear as to whether they have plans to cash in at all down the road.

So, essentially it’s too early to tell how this will impact job seekers since it’s not known if the social media site will include postings into news feeds or if job postings will appear somewhere else on the site entirely, or both.

An insider revealed in the press release, “It doesn’t feel like a big effort that they’ve worked on for a long time. It feels lightweight.”

According to a blog post on ERE, this news isn’t lightweight at all. “It’s definitely a big deal,” said Lars Schmidt, director of talent acquisition for media non-profit NPR.

Schmidt told the site, “Facebook has the potential to be a huge player in recruiting and employer brand marketing.”