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Social Media and the Job Search

Thank you for attending Social Media and the Job Search.  Here is the data from which the presentation was built.  If you've reached this page without having seen the presentation, please email me to set up a time!  It all makes more sense when we've walked through the material together.

Primary Sources:

Reasons Not to Hire from Careerbuilder (source for pie chart that goes to 213%)
Some protections you have (advice to employers) from
Facebook Firings from AOL
Psychic Dave on Youtube
Big Data (data mining) and hiring from Forbes
Compromised databases from Brian Krebs
Target is Watching You from the New York Times
Gizmodo's Mat Honan flunks his social media background check.  Some strong language, but an excellent analysis.  The Social Intelligence "middleman" site is described at the bottom of this article.
Child Identity Theft explained, with detailed preventive measures, at the Federal Trade Commission website, and at TransUnion's web site.

Other relevant articles:

All the World's a Resume from Forbes
Go ahead, Complain About Your Job on Facebook from Slate (Important note:  In spite of its title, the best advice is in the last paragraph, which describes the limits of the protections you enjoy.)
The National Labor Relations Board also summarizes the rules for social media use.
They Loved Your GPA, Then They Saw Your Tweets from the New York Times
Advice to employers: It's dangerous to use social media
Advice to employers: Definitely check social media
Horror stories about careers and lives severely damaged by lame jokes that went viral.  (New York Times)
Found May 2015 - Careerbuilder article states that HR reliance on social media is growing.  Apparently the trend is not going away, and the potential legal issues are not a deterrent. (A pie chart from this article would only come to 179%).

Reference sites

For example, - this is an aggregate of the "stalker" sites.  It will display lots of information from the primary sites.  Understand that most of the links will provide teaser information to get you to pay for a subscription.  You don't need to pay money to get the general idea.

You can get an idea of sheer mass of data breaches from places like the Data Breaches blog, and its related site DataLossDB.