The Need for Social Media Screening

Thursday, 19 October 2017

| Guest Post
The actions of individual employees no longer reflect solely on themselves. A major corporation can find itself under serious scrutiny for the off-job actions of an employee who does not align with the publicized values of the company. Some employee behaviours may not become apparent to an employer through the traditional means of conducting background checks into criminal histories and credit reports. However, the proliferation of social media means that the public often has access to plenty of information about a company's employee and his or her beliefs and values. The way that employees express themselves on social media can leave a serious stain on the reputation of their employer and should be considered before any hiring decisions are made. It only takes one scandal involving an individual employee concerning social media to destroy years of goodwill that a company has worked so hard to establish.

After a company has defined its values and decided what kind of behaviour it will not tolerate from employees, a concerted effort must be made to examine the public online content posted by potential hires. This should be done in a systemic way to ensure that no red flags are missed and that all potential employees are treated equally. If you engage in any discriminatory practices during your social media screening of potential or current employees, you could open yourself up to expensive and time-consuming employment litigation.

One of the best ways to ensure that your
social media background checks are conducted in a thorough and legal way is to engage a third party vendor to complete the task. This puts some distance between your HR department and the candidate at issue. It also ensures that there is enough focus dedicated to all of the many platforms through which a potential or current employee may interact. It is no longer sufficient for an HR manager to simply search an applicant's name in a Facebook search bar. There may be inflammatory content posted by that applicant that you would never come across because you simply are not aware of the most effective ways to look. Also, you could spend costly resources on screening the social media backgrounds of employees who have not yet progressed far in the interview process.

Social media checks are important even if you are only hiring independent contractors or on-demand employees, such as a driver for Uber. These people have just as much interaction with your customers as a full-time employee and have the potential to cause the same amount of damage to your company's name if not chosen appropriately. You should set universal guidelines for the types of employees who will be subjected to social media screenings and make clear to employees and applicants that they could be screened at any time during their employment. You may even want to consider having employees or applicants sign a waiver to indicate that they are aware of your company's policies on social media background checks.

One company that has been heralded as implementing a comprehensive and legal method for screening potential employees is Fama. The breadth and depth of this company makes their services much more affordable and accessible to clients of all sizes. A quick look at the resources they command reinforces that individual HR departments are likely out of their wheelhouse when it comes to successfully screening social media backgrounds of potential and current hires.

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Hello October | Autumn Scented Candles

Thursday, 5 October 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written any blog content, I’m currently on Erasmus in Hamburg. I’ve been here for over a month now and I can’t believe it’s been that long already. I’ve just been exploring and getting used to the new culture and city here, as well as taking classes in a new place. Also, battling flu, which is kinda inevitable for some unfortunate people each autumn/winter.

Anyway, as all blog posts seem to become an ode to autumn/fall at this time of year, (going off my twitter feed here) this is one trend I can get on board with. Sept-Dec is definitely my favourite time of the year. I hope I can keep some fresh posts coming, to get back to posting I think I’d like to get a nice autumn theme going.

Here are some different autumnal scents candles.

1. Vibrant Saffron Medium Jar, Yankee Candle
2. Escape To Wonderland Scented Candle, Max Benjamin
3. Warm Cashmere Medium Jar, Yankee Candle
4. White Wood & Amaryllis, Celtic Candles
5. Fireside, Field Day
6. Earth Collection #wood, Candella

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Gold Makeup Look

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Here's a simple gold eye look I did using the too faced chocolate palette.

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June Faves '17

Wednesday, 12 July 2017
It's a bit late, but here's my June favourites video. I've included beauty, fashion, lifestyle faves. I'm also on Vidme now so you can follow me there for too for more video content.

What are some of your faves right now?

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Blogging Seriously

Saturday, 24 June 2017
I've been considering for a while making the step from blogging here on blogger, to moving over to a self hosted WordPress blog. It's a really confusing thing to navigate when you've never done it before or if you're not particularly tech savvy, but you can do it.

You probably won't even know what I'm talking about here unless you have actually attempted to start your own website, or already have your own website, but choosing a hosting service is the first most difficult thing to navigate, there are so may out there and as a beginner you don't always really know what the right choice is for your needs. It can also be pricy too, if you're not blogging for business, you need to consider whether or not you want to invest in your blog and if you are, by how much.

As I was trying to navigate through this area myself, reached out and asked me to share their article for bloggers deciding on a web host, so I've decided to share it as it's actually relevant to me at the moment and to many other bloggers who are also trying to decide on a web host for them. You can also check out these hosting reviews too.

People don't realise that blogging seriously is actually a very demanding job and is forever a learning curve for a beginner because you do need very specific knowledge!

Are you thinking of moving from blogger yourself?
Do you have a self-hosted WordPress blog?
Which host do you use?
Share you thoughts and advice below!

May Favourites '17

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

I'm back to making videos after a long break! Here are my May favourites. I've included fashion & beauty bits. Enjoy!

What did you love in May?

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How I Edit Instagram Photos

Monday, 29 May 2017

I'm always curious about how other people edit their photos so today I'm sharing how I edit my Instagram photos. There's no right or wrong way to do it, but these are the steps I follow and the apps I use.

1.      I import the image into VSCO and apply my usual filter.

You can copy & past edits in VSCO, I paste the filter I always use.

2. Next I share the image to the Snapseed app and make further changes, mainly using the brush tool. I generally brighten and darken certain areas using the dodge and burn brush. I also use the saturation brush to bring out the colours of certain areas that I want to pop a little bit and that have been drained out by my filter. I like to experiment with different changes to see what works.

Editing Interface in Snapseed

3. Depending on whether I think I need to, I might increase brightness and contrast or sharpen the image.

Snapseed Tools
4. Once I’m happy with my edits, I open the UNUM app and import the image to check how it appears visually with the other photos on my account. UNUM lets you see what your photos look like next the images you have already uploaded. This means you can better visually plan your feed. Once I’ve done this, the image is ready to upload.

5. I don’t do this much, but sometimes I will tune up an image further using Instagram, mostly just changing brightness and contrast levels before posting.

Other IG Tips

🔼When you’re shooting images for Instagram, frame them up into a square. What I did was actually change the image size on my camera to a 1:1 ratio which is the right size for Instagram. It makes it easier to frame up images without having to crop anything out later. It means I can capture collections of images with Instagram in mind and then drip feed them to my account after I’ve edited them without worrying that they won’t fit well and having to crop them.

🔼Using the same filter keeps my feed looking consistent. To get ideas for VSCO themes check out Pinterest (just search "VSCO themes") or VSCO’s feed.

🔼To be at the top of your IG game and make sure you’re posting regularly, try using Later to schedule your posts.

What are some of your Instagram photo editing tips?

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