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Posted by: Emily Thornton on March 03, 2009
With thousands of people laid off each day, it’s not surprising that ex-employees are flooding web sites like Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn with complaints about their former employers.
But online venters should beware: Potential future employers are on to you. Companies are increasingly searching such sites to vet potential new hires for bad attitude, says Jo Prabhu, founder and CEO of recruiting firm 1800JobQuest.com.
Some are relying on such web site searches instead of traditional background checks. Why? Companies find they can gather a great deal of information about a job candidate from these sites without paying $150 for a background check. Many also feel they learn much more than whether a person broke the law or failed to pay credit card bills.
“This is a cost effective way to reject someone,” Prabhu says.
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