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Facebook Recruiting Is All the Rage
Posted By Howard Adamsky On August 21, 2012 @ 5:35 am In Opinion | 41 Comments
Violence is as American as apple pie. –Eldridge Cleaver
Todd Raphael just did a piece on Facebook as it relates to a conversation he had with Steven Rothberg, and that piece  really hit a nerve for me.
As you might know, Facebook does not come with a user’s manual. Devoid of these instructions for use, it is open season to make use of Facebook in all ways that fit with your beliefs, lifestyle, and purpose. This might be good if there actually was a separation between our personal lives and our professional lives, but that line seems to be disappearing. I for one do not see this as a good thing for the world of recruiting in general and I certainly see Facebook as being far more of a problem then a solution.
I am not sure where Facebook is as it relates to contemporary society and its place therewith, but it has become monstrously big in the lives of many. I often wonder what we did in the days before it came into prominence, and I for one intend to find out as I scale back big time and only check in two or three times a week for a few moments. I need to do this and to regain control. I have said some pretty unpleasant things to those who disagree with my politics and I will not do that again. My new watchword is unfriend and/or ignore.
As far as Facebook and recruiting, I have grave concerns for the benefits to be gained, as these two entities might very well turn out to be a very deadly combination. Facebook is, among many other things, an ongoing real-time conversation, and this might be good in some areas but it is not good in others. Let me tell you three reasons why:
Politics aside, we are a polarized country. Gun violence is off the charts , people are struggling to adjust to a new world order, and we say things to people on Facebook that we would never dream of saying in person. There was a time that it was considered unwise to discuss politics and religion. Has that changed, and if so, is that a change for the better or simply another reason to lash out and smite those who fail to see the world as we see it?
It is my sincerest hope that we as a community can, if nothing else, raise our awareness of Facebook and other forms of social media as it relates to influencing our ability to make judgments and hire based upon qualifications and experience. If we fail to do this, we open up a new and dangerous Pandora’s box with ramifications that we as a society are ill-equipped to handle at this time.
My wife Corinne, also a recruiter, has two simple rules that should never be confused.
Social media is very powerful. If we do not handle with care, we will one day wish we did so.
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 that piece: http://www.ere.net/2012/08/14/i-hate-you-you-hate-me-facebooks-political-fights-can-take-their-toll-on-recruiting/
 off the charts: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/gun_violence/resources/the_u_s_compared_to_other_nations.html
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