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Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants Quality of Hire Virtual Event

February 27, 2012


Title: Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants

Date/Time: February 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Place: Quality of Hire Virtual Event

Presenter: Les Rosen

Workplace Application:

Learn how to navigate through legal and practical pitfalls and roadblocks when using Web 2.0, such as search engines or social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook to screen applicants.


Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites, such as MySpace or Facebook, and search engines. However, the unrestricted use of Web 2.0 could well land an employer, human resources professional or recruiter in hot water.  Just because it is online does not mean it is risk free or true.  This session will examine the pros and cons of employers utilizing such tools, including what is available online, discrimination issues, the use of legal off-duty conduct, privacy, accuracy and authenticity. The use of these sites also has an impact on recruiters as well.  Through case studies, legal decisions and reviewing web sites, Recruiters and HR professionals will see visually how these sites work, what you may find, and the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved.  The session will focus on strategies for getting what you need while minimizing potential complaints for discrimination or invasion of privacy.  The session will also  uncover how Web  2.0 is used fraudulently, such as fake degrees and phony references. 

  • Learn why employers, human resources, and recruiters use search engines and social network sites to screen candidates.
  • Review what sites are available and what you may find.
  • What are the risks in using these sites?
  • Isn’t everything on the web fair game since privacy is waived once someone places something on the Internet?
  • How do discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply?
  • Uncover best practices for employers, HR, recruiters and job applicants.

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Speaker Bio:

Attorney Lester S. Rosen is Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (, a nationwide background screening company located in California.  ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program. He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive book on employment screening, and has also written “The Safe Hiring Audit.”  Rosen is a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening and safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences for “ESR Speaks” ( He has also qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the screening industry and served as the first co-chairman.

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