Category Archives: social networking for job search

Should recruiters use social media for background checks?

A recruiter is trying to fill a job requisition and thinks she has found the perfect candidate. The recruiter is ready to make the job offer but decides to check some social media sites as a further background check on the applicant. On Facebook the candidate has posted that he only plans to stay in the geographic area for a year, and will then be moving on to another location. Should the recruiter contact the candidate and confront him? Should the applicant be removed from contention? Or should the recruiter move forward with the hire?

This was a real-life situation raised at the IDGA HR for Defense Summit yesterday. One…

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Digital Detective Work: Survey Shows Most Employers Search Online for Information About Potential Creative Hires

A polished resume and portfolio aren’t the only tools professionals need to land their next job. A new survey shows a sterling digital presence is important, too.

Important note: We want to point out that this recent survey was specifically done for the advertising and marketing industry, which is — we realize — not the security cleared community. That said, the trend is clear: employers from all industries and professions are actively going online to learn more about you the job seeker.

In this specific study, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of hiring managers interviewed said they are likely to search for information about prospective hires online. Another

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Concerns about social media engagement and security clearances … continued

Yesterday, the Homeland Security Blog did up a good post entitled “Facebook and Twitter can be dangerous to your security clearance’s health.” The blog post referenced a November 2, 2009 article which we actually wrote about here.

When we saw the Homeland Security Blog post link circulating on Twitter, we thought it may be a good idea to expand on our November 3 post with the following commentary:

Concerns about maintaining clearances about for those who socially engage

Yes, professionals with security clearances have many concerns when it comes to maintaining their clearances. These are professionals who we have entrusted the security of many…

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Security Cleared Job Seekers: Remember HAM Principle on Social Networks

Honesty, accuracy and mitigation. This trio makes up the “HAM” principles which, according to’s Greg Rinkey, security cleared individuals need to adhere to when participating in social networks:

“If you hold a security clearance or if you ever want to apply for one, be mindful of your postings and contacts online, particularly on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These sites pose risks to gaining and keeping a security clearance.”

While Rinkey raises some very legitimate concerns, we believe that security cleared professionals can use social networks and utility tools during a job search quite successfully assuming they have been  responsible users (a…

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Press Release: ClearedJobs.Net Sponsors 2009 Henderson Hall Education & Career Fair

Event to feature private companies, federal and state government agencies, colleges and universities looking for highly qualified candidates throughout the United States

Falls Church, Virginia — ClearedJobs.Net, a veteran-owned job board company exclusively serving the security cleared community, is sponsoring the 2009 Henderson Hall Education and Career Fair – an event for men and women of all ranks and from all branches of service seeking private sector employment opportunities. This job fair, which is organized by Henderson Hall’s Career Resource Management Center, will take place on XXX XX, 2009 at 1555 Southgate Road, Building 25, Keith Hall, Arlington, Virginia 22214 from 9:45 am – X:XX p.m.

“Events where our servicemen…

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