Mary Ann Francis, MLS 1981, provides preemptive background checks and online profile audits for job seekers interested in independent, objective, professional review of publicly available personal information on social media and elsewhere on the Web, and open source intelligence research on a variety of topics. She will teach Open Source Intelligence (INST616) at the University of Maryland ISchool for the Spring 2018 semester. Her background includes executive level positions in information management, information security, IT and data governance and compliance, business process design, and consulting, primarily in financial institutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trinity University, a Master Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland’s iSchool, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Most companies use online sources to identify and vet candidates, often identifying pools of “passive” candidates who have not applied for positions. According to a 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resources Management, 84% of companies used social media for recruiting with an additional 9% planning to do so. In addition, 43% of companies use social media or online databases to screen candidates. The likelihood of a recruiter finding and using a candidate’s social media accounts and other online information for screening is high. This webinar prepares current and future job hunters for that likelihood through awareness of online profile use as well as simulation of possible search techniques.