Jay is a fifteen year Human Resources professional who focuses on helping job seekers with the discovery of and overcoming bad references from past employers.
"There’s a horrible boss or coworker in every career history and with the help of LinkedIn, they are not only never going away; they can harm you and you won’t even know they did it.", said Jay.
Jay discovered the privacy issue on LinkedIn while helping a client who suspected that they were missing out on jobs they were qualified for due to a bad reference.
LinkedIn has surpassed Monster as the leading job seeker networking site. In her petition, Jay has identified issues in the "Search for References" tool that allow anyone (including complete strangers) to dig deeply into LinkedIn career profiles of job seekers.
This "Search for References" functionality allows strangers to determine who your current coworkers and former coworkers are and encourages strangers to “Get the Real Story on working with __(Name)___”. This is a feature whereby LinkedIn is paid for subsequent email communications between strangers as a result of the search.
Jay explains the privacy issue, "Worst of all, LinkedIn does not make this list available to you, the job seeker. It’s hidden from you. This privacy invasion is upsetting to long term job seekers who feel that behind their back -- slander may be the culprit behind their long-standing unemployment issues.
This "Search for References" tool allows recruiters and strangers to contact former bosses, subordinates and even co-workers, resulting in the bypassing of candidates without their knowledge.
Jay's petition asks Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn's CEO to remove the "Search for References" function that infringes on job seeker's privacy.
See petition here: http://www.change.org/
About Lisa Jay:
Lisa Jay is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Hawaii Pacific University and is a PROSCI certified organizational change management practitioner. Lisa was formerly the Diversity Chairperson for the Society of Human Resources Managers in Florida and has recruited well over 1,000 professionals in her career history.
Through her company The Reference Ref, http://www.ReferenceRef.com, she serves as a personal HR “reference referee” for job seekers. She helps uncover when old bosses are getting in the way of new jobs. Lisa helps job seekers fix their reference problems, provides reference checking services, job search counseling and cease and desist assistance when needed.