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Be careful what you post on the Internet, because a possible job employer is snooping around

At least one in five hiring managers hit the internet and looks at social networking websites to help research possible job candidates.   

Online job site CareerBuilder.com completed a survey of 3,169 hiring managers, with 22 percent of them saying they check on Facebook and MySpace when looking into job candidates.  Just two years ago, however, only 11 percent of employees looked at social networking sites before making a decision.

More than one-third (34 percent) of hiring managers dismissed possible candidates because of what they found on their profiles.  About nine percent who do not look on the web sites plan to beginning do so in the future.

  • 41 percent of candidates spoke of drinking and/or drug use
  • 40 percent posted provocative images or information
  • 29 percent had poor communication skills
  • 28 percent spoke badly about previous employers
  • 27 percent lied about their job qualifications
  • 22 percent posted offensive statements about race, gender, religion, etc.
  • 22 percent used an unprofessional screen name
  • 21 percent were linked to criminal behavior
  • 19 percent shared confidential information from previous employers

Job employers are becoming increasingly concerned about photos, video and written information of young people and their encounters with alcohol and recreational drugs.

But while what they find on the internet can disqualify candidates, looking on Facebook or MySpace also can help determine if a candidate is qualified for the job.

  • 48 percent of candidates had a background to help them acquire the job
  • 43 percent had good communication skills
  • 40 percent were a good fit for the company
  • 36 percent had a site portraying professionalism
  •  31 percent had references posted by others
  • 30 percent showed wide range of interests
  • 29 percent received either academic or professional awards
  • 24 percent of had creative or clever profiles

A general rule of thumb -- which obviously has been easily forgotten -- is that if you have anything you don't want publicly viewed, it should be published in "Friend's Only" mode on social networking sites.



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By senbassador on 9/16/2008 11:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
As a moderate libertarian, if companies are dumb enough to actually do this, pass up qualified candidates over something retarded like a picture of being drunk on facebook for a slightly less qualified candidate who didn't do that, they have every right to run their own business to the ground. Just be kind enough to let me know, so that I can dump all your stock. In 10, 15 years down the line, companies that DON'T do this will be ahead of the ones that do (just my prediction).

The next time you look at my facebook profile, when your company kicked the bucket begging the feds to bail them out, while half their employees waiting in the bread / unemployement line, you may see me drunk celebrating your woes on the news.

As a realist, in real life, I will clean up my facebook / myspace so not to get passed over by said dumb companies, if only to use them as a stepping stone. Also, as a realist I am smart enough not to put my real name on this comment.




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