Weed Out The Weiners: AccuScreen.com CEO to Share Best Practices on Social Media Background Checks

This timely presentation “The 7 Commandments of using Social Media in the Screening & Hiring Process,” will be on June 15th at the HR Tampa Dinner Meeting. Recruiters and human resource specialists will learn methods and best practices to screen potential candidates without fear of legal repercussions.

Online PR News – 14-June-2011 – – TAMPA FL – Eager to avoid repeat occurrences of the Anthony Weiner scandal, recruiters and HR professionals are becoming more vigilant about pre employment screening than ever. Kevin Connell, CEO of AccuScreen, will be presenting at the HR Tampa Dinner Meeting on June 15th at 5:30pm, which will be held at the Centre Club in Tampa, Florida. In addition to discussing standard techniques, such as an employment criminal background check, Connell will also shed light on legal and ethical methods to utilize social media screening, should employers wish to vet selections in that manner.

In his years of seeing the hiring process change with technology, Connell has gathered best practices, tips and tricks to gather pertinent information about potential new employees. His presentation, “The Seven Commandments of Using Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter as part of the Screening and Hiring Process,” will show attendees how they verify authenticity of collected information, and the pitfalls of not doing a thorough pre-employment screening. The full screening process should be disclosed to every applicant, including what resources the company plans to check. Also included in this presentation will be previously unheard-of ways to prevent anyone from hacking into a Facebook account.

We want to make sure that companies should they choose to vet applicants through social media are doing so in a way that is not only effective but legal and ethical. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to help recruiters and HR specialists feel more confident in their new hires

"We want to make sure that companies, should they choose to vet applicants through social media, are doing so in a way that is not only effective, but legal and ethical. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to help recruiters and HR specialists feel more confident in their new hires," said Kevin Connell, CEO and founder of AccuScreen.com (http://www.accuscreen.com)

Connell is a nationally recognized speaker known for his expertise on human resource topics including negligent hiring, employee theft, and resume fraud. He routinely speaks at human resources conferences and has also offered expert testimony before the Florida Supreme Court.

"Effective employment screening is often one of the best tools any company can put to use, as it results in higher quality, more productive and more loyal employees. We want to show you how to go about this important step properly, so that the applicant full understands and you can utilize the information collected," Connell said.

“Social media use has skyrocketed and because of that, employers are more open to lawsuits or problems stemming from an employee's down time. One example is the recent case in Albuquerque where a police officer was reprimanded after listing his employment as 'human waste disposal.' This embarrassed the department and spurred changes to the department's social media policy. To further protect their companies, employers need to drastically alter the way human resource professionals performs each and every employment criminal background check, but also spell out a clear social media policy for after the hiring process is complete. I hope to help employers gain a better understanding of legal issues that result from using online information to make hiring decisions," concluded Connell.

The presentation will take place on June 15th, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Centre Club, which is located at 123 S West Shore Blvd. in Tampa, Florida. This presentation has also been preapproved for recertification credits by HRCI. AccuScreen.com is pleased to be an approved provider by HRCI.

About AccuScreen:
AccuScreen.com is an employment screening firm that provides personnel and hiring services including criminal background checks, credit checks, credential verification, driving record histories, social security numbers, and more. AccuScreen Inc. has been a leader in the employment screening industry since 1994, delivering reports to companies globally in 72 hours or less.

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