Hirers Increase Social Media Scrutiny of Recruits

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-22-2014 Email

CIOs and other managers are increasingly turning to social media to screen job candidates, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. In fact, 43 percent of employers use social networking sites to research potential hires, up from 36 percent two years ago, findings reveal. Another 45 percent are checking out possible fits by conducting a search via Google or another search engine. Clearly, professionals will put themselves "on display" online, and sometimes, the picture isn't pretty. So it's best to incorporate a thorough review of a contender's social media footprint before making a final decision. Interestingly enough, a number of workers are attempting to make it more difficult to do so, as 41 percent have their profile set to private, and 18 percent keep separate professional and personal profiles. Another 28 percent say they don't use social media. We've included some of the most common deal killers which companies have discovered via social media, as well as some of the more extreme—even outrageous—postings from candidates. Nearly 2,140 hiring managers and HR professionals and more than 3,020 workers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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