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More Employers Say ‘No’ After Social Media Review

social-media-logos_15773If you are looking for work, this article is a must read.  We found this article very interesting.  Just remember, once you put anything on the Internet, it will always be on the Internet and assessable by someone.  It was originally published by Staffing Industry Analysts – A staffing industry advisor on contingent work.  You can view the original article here, but we have reprinted it for your interest, thoughts and comments.


More Employers Say ‘No’ After Social Media Review

More employers are finding reasons not to hire workers on social media. A CareerBuilder survey found that 43 percent of hiring managers who currently research candidates on social media found information that caused them not to hire a candidate — up 9 percentage points from last year.

The survey also found 39 percent of firms use social media sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent in a study a year ago.

Why reject a candidate based on social media?  here’s what the respondents said:

  • Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info, 50 percent
  • There was info about candidate drinking or using drugs, 48 percent
  • Candidate bad mouthed previous employer, 33 percent
  • Candidate had poor communication skills, 30 percent
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc, 28 percent
  • Candidate lied about qualifications, 24 percent

On the other hand, 19 percent of hiring managers said they found something on social media that caused them to hire a candidate:

  • Candidate conveyed a professional image, 57 percent
  • Got a good feeling for candidate’s personality, 50 percent
  • Candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests, 50 percent
  • Candidates background information supported professional qualifications, 49 percent
  • Candidate was creative, 46 percent
  • Great communication skills, 43 percent
  • Other people posted great references about the candidate, 38 percent

The survey took place from Feb. 11 to March 6 and included more than 2,100 U.S hiring managers.

Give us your feedback on this developing trend in employment practices.

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