Job Candidates Are Screened by What They Post on Social Networking Sites

According to this CNN news video, 53% U.K. employers and 45% U.S. employers have already screened candidates by researching them on social networking sties. Plus, 12% U.K. companies and 11% U.S. companies are planning to do so. Here are some “not-to-hire” examples:

• Posting provocative pictures (suggested by 53% of the companies responded to the survey),
• Showing drug and alcohol content (44%),
• Bad mouthing previous employers (35%),
• Posting emoticons/smiley faces (14%).

No matter how “private” a person’s social networking sites are, information is stored in the Internet and can be found somewhere by somebody. So, please be aware of the potential risks when using social media.

Meanwhile, social media may not be a safe tool of selecting candidates either. Relevant discussion may be found in: ”social media in recruitment”.

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