Magazine article Workforce

Internet Recruitment Limits Demographic Scope

Magazine article Workforce

Internet Recruitment Limits Demographic Scope

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Clever you. You are a master of the Internet, using the Web to your business purposes-gathering resumes across the country through cyberspace. For the past few years, employers have been turning to the Internet more and more for employment purposes. Whether it's posting positions at a massive online job board or pooling resumes through a company site, it has become difficult to think about hiring without using the Internet to some purpose.

Now think about this: There are inherent legal trouble spots that come along with using the Internet to hire employees. Ignore them, and you may not feel so clever after all. Doug Farmer, an employment-law attorney with Los Angeles firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, offers some "e-xcellent" do's and don'ts.

How has the Internet changed the hiring process-and created the attendant legal issues?

Today, job applicants can send off resumes to dozens of employers with one mouse click. With the flood of resumes received by employers online, employers are turning to new ways to store the volume of resumes they receive, as well as to screen them for the most qualified applicants. Databases designed to store applicationsand resume-screening software to select the most qualified candidates-are among the new tools being used by employers. …

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