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Know Everything Before Hiring Your Next Truck Driver

Truck driving is a serious and dangerous career. As an employer, how do you go about hiring your next truck driver? Are driving records and background checks enough? When it comes to 20,000 pounds or more of vehicle, it is principal that you hire someone capable and responsible to drive it. The result of placing these keys into the wrong hands can lead to severe injury.

Recently, more and more employers are using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to uncover more information about applicants. According to CareerBuilder, in 2011, only 11% of businesses used social media for extra background information purposes. As of today, now almost 60% of employers are referring to these sites before hiring. Chief of Human Resources at CareerBuilder stated that, “Tools such as Facebook and Twitter enable employers to get a glimpse of who candidates are outside the confines of a resume and cover letter.”

Although these tools can be helpful to employers, many feel that looking for background information on social media is an invasion of privacy. However, after some research done by employers, about 49% of them have stated that their findings have made them think twice about hiring a candidate. Information including the use of illegal drugs, discriminatory comments as well as inappropriate photographs and/or video clips have lead to employer’s change of mind.

If you’re going to use social media, make sure you don’t overstep your boundaries. Use social media wisely and hire your next employees carefully.