Recruiters and employers use social media to screen job applicants on a daily basis. Employers are Googling, Facebooking and checking tweets, walls, status updates and photos of prospective employees, including Linkedln accounts, as a first step in recruiting. From this new employment practice the concept of the social interview was born.
In the vast majority of cases, there is absolutely no reason for an employer not to provide a positive letter of reference for a dismissed employee. As discussed below, this conclusion is based upon two general points: 1) There is little or no risk in providing an honest, good faith reference; 2) Organizations can benefit financially if a dismissed employee finds new employment quickly.