Goodbye Resume, Hello Social Network Data Mining

Garrett Wilkin
Jun. 01 2011, 11:00AM EDT

We’ve all heard it before.  Be careful what you do on social networks because your employer, teacher, business partner or spiritual guru might find out about it.  Well now they won’t just find out about it, they’ll ask you to please allow Reppify to access your social network information so that you can be evaluated.  Reppify will create a report on you, based on your social network activity, and sum it all up in a numerical ranking.  The Reppify API will allow this technology to be integrated into other social network monitoring services like RainMaker.

In today’s world it seems that the resume is disappearing from the interviewing scene.  Maybe this is only a factor for the technology sector, but tech-savvy people are putting so much information about themselves out there on the internet that all an interested party needs to do is tap into the right APIs to collect it all together.  The RainMaker API does not require consent from the person targeted for the profile, and so can only garner publicly available information.  Reppify, on the other hand, requires consent which targeted persons are likely to grant if it is seen as a condition of employment.  Will more people be willing to turn over their privacy for the chance at employment in these tough economic times?  I think so.

Reppify is one of 5 reputation APIs in our directory.

Garrett Wilkin

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Marc

Thanks Garrett!

We understand there is quite a bit of controversy around social media and individual privacy, especially with regards to a job search. For the sake of clarification, Reppify provides social media screening for recruiters, who typically work at high-growth companies and need to evaluate large numbers of incoming job candidates. Their goal is to get 'beyond the resume' and learn how a candidate's online activity might be helpful in the role their hiring for. (References, useful connections, recommendations, etc.)

The issue here is that much of this screening today is performed manually, whether simply by 'Googling' or going directly to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or other popular sites. According to recent surveys, more than 70% of recruiters have rejected candidates based on what they find in candidates' profiles - and much of what's found and judged is actually not relevant at all to the job (photos, comments, political affiliations, or other 'private' information). This is not only time-consuming but also presents discrimination liability risks, and is largely undesirable for the job-seeker.

Our position is that by inviting the job-seeker to opt-in, we remove private data (photos, videos, content of posts, etc.) from our results as well as any 'protected class' data (race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc.), and instead only provide data that helps establish the 'right fit' for the hiring organization (network size, education/employment history, amount of content created, number of fans/followers, etc.). In this way we essentially protect the job-seeker against unwanted manual screening by potential employers, while allowing the employer to specify screening criteria - ultimately providing them with a valuable and highly relevant 'third dimension' to the traditional resume. Reppify is also FCRA and EEOC compliant.

Happy to walk folks through our process and answer questions, any time. Thanks again!