Careless Social Media Postings Can Cost You a Job

Careless Social Media Postings Can Cost You a Job

Careless Social Media Postings Can Cost You a Job

Deal-Killer  43% of hiring managers who research potential employees via social media found information that caused them to pass over a candidate.

You are what you post. At least, that's what a large number of hiring managers think, according to a CareerBuilder survey. They're actively engaging in thorough searches of social media sites to get a sense of how job candidates present themselves. Unfortunately for a number of job seekers, many managers don't like what they're finding—and have eliminated applicants as a result. So avoid posting details about a wild party, your romantic life or a prior boss. That's good advice even if you're not looking for a job because your current employer could be checking employees' online posts. And keep in mind that you also can use social media to create a favorable impression, if simply by stringing together cohesive, intelligent thoughts and finding appropriate contacts to write online referrals and endorsements. "Employers are using all the tools available to them to assure they make the correct hiring decisions, and the use of social media continues to grow," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "For job seekers, it is essential to be aware of what information they're making available to employers, and to manage their online image. At the same time, hiring managers and human resources departments must carefully consider how to use information obtained from social media, and whether it is relevant to a candidate's qualifications." More than 2,180 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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