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Hey Recruiters, what I do online is my business and not yours!

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If you smoke pot in your private life, should Recruiters take that into consideration during the interviewing process? For that matter, what happened to free speech and expressing yourself? All that should matter is that I can do the job, right? I mean, what I do after hours won’t affect my job?

Or, is it a matter of a company being extra careful because every worker represents them? If your behavior could prove detrimental to the company, what’s wrong with screening bad apples out early? What do you think about all this?

Tune in to hear what Jim Stroud, Karen Mattonen, Marie Journey and Mike Notaro had to say about it in this special online reputation management episode. || By the way, click here to check out The Hidden Job Report to find jobs before they are advertised on online jobboards.







Karen Mattonen CAC, CSP started a career in Human Resources when she served as a Recruiter for Snelling Corporation. Leveraging her tenure with Snelling Corporation, Karen founded Advanced Career Solutions in 1997 focusing on such diverse industries as: Hydraulics, Pneumatics, HVAC and Mechanical Construction. Her reputation for excellence is echoed in the satisfaction of clients and candidates she has serviced nationwide. Furthermore, Karen is esteemed for sharing her expertise in Recruitment Education, Ethics and promoting self-regulation for the Recruiting industry.  Karen has a new and future oriented vision of what recruiting can and should become: a profession we can be proud of for its ethical standing, professional conduct and ability to build great organizations.

Her passionate and tireless advocacy has led her to create HireCentrix a company dedicated to providing training to the HR, recruiting and staffing industries, which includes a special focus on the ethical and legal dimensions. 
In addition to being a regular contributor  to many poplar newsletters and Blogs, Karen is the  CEO of Hircentrix,, an online community designed to capture The Pulse of H.R, Regulation, Retention, Recruiting and Risk Management


Jim Stroud Jim StroudJim Stroud is a “Searchologist” with an expertise in the full life-cycle placement of Executive and Technical personnel, Recruitment Research and Competitive Intelligence. He has consulted for such companies as Google, Siemens, MCI and a host of start-up companies. During his 3-year tenure with Microsoft, he served as a Technical Sourcing Consultant and was a regular contributor to Microsoft’s Technical Careers Blog. He is presently a Social Media Development Manager for EnglishCafe – the premier English learning community for global professionals which has English quizzes, online classes and more. Jim Stroud is also the Chief Blogger at The Searchologist where he publishes a website, magazine and online video series dedicated to lead generation strategies for Recruiters. Click here for more info about Jim Stroud / Follow @jimstroud on Twitter

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