Tag Archives: social media

Social Media for the Security Cleared Job Seeker, LinkedIn

LinkedIn was launched in Reid Hoffman’s living room in 2003 and in this LinkedIn social origins CNN interview, Reid Hoffman shares how he started LinkedIn. LinkedIn had 40 million users in 2009, but today it has over 100 million. Of all the social networks, LinkedIn has always positioned itself as a professional network to connect professionals for career and business opportunities. When LinkedIn went public in May 2011, it was listed as a job board. Employers have been using LinkedIn from its inception as a tool to source candidates. And while LinkedIn has been around for 8 years, it has only been in the last few years that…

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Social Media for the Security Cleared Job Seeker, Facebook

As the story goes, Facebook was started in a Harvard dorm room in 2003 and was used as part of a final assignment project. Since then it has grown considerably in its membership, features and challenges. Some of the major challenges with Facebook are that Facebook constantly changes how information is arranged and how to use some of the basic features. More than any other social media platform, Facebook is the one social network where a security cleared professional needs to thoroughly and frequently familiarize themselves with the profile Privacy and Security Settings because these do change or are enhanced frequently. Here are some reminders of online security

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Social Media for the Security Cleared Job Seeker, Twitter

Social media is now a common means of communicating, doing business and supporting career search and development. But as with everything there is a huge divide between those who adopted technology early and most of the rest of us.

I was reminded on a recent family visit that there is still healthy skepticism, suspicion and confusion about social media and technology. Just like explaining how to use a Droid phone to my mother — Droid is an operating system, not a style! — we need to lay a foundation and explain how the most prevalent social media tools are being used to support a career search. And while numerous articles…

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Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

Fred Wellman with General Petraeus in Iraq

Fred Wellman, President ScoutComms, brings us his weekly review of defense industry news via The Scout Report. Fred served over twenty years as an Army officer in both aviation and public affairs. You can follow Fred on Twitter @ScoutComms.

Special report: DoD’s Budget Quandary

Phil Ewing, DoD Buzz. Phil dispenses with the short blog format to do a deep dive on the defense budget challenges from a host of angles. It’s a nice little roll up of the many competing factors and realities that are getting muddled in the debate in D.C. right now.…

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Revisiting “Using social media for background checks”

Earlier in the summer at the IDGA HR for Defense Summit, a question was raised about HR professionals using social media for background checks. We brought this discussion to our blog Inside the Net and other social communities such as GovLoop. Many insightful comments were generated. We could debate the merits of the subject endlessly. Is it ethical or not ethical? Is the information gained reliable? Is the information current? It’s best to assume that, rightly or wrongly, a recruiter may be using social media such as LinkedIn or Facebook as a form of reference checking.    

But what challenge does this present for security cleared…

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