How Social Media Behavior Can Hurt Job Candidates

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-06-18 Email

Employers are increasingly turning to social media to screen job applicants, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. And tech hiring managers do this more than their counterparts in any other vocational category. Many recruiters will reject a promising job prospect if they find troubling behaviors displayed on social media, especially provocative photos, postings about drug and/or alcohol use, or, in some cases, even a poorly written post. That said, it's reassuring to know that most hirers go to social media to find information that speaks well of candidates, such as their suitability for an opening. "Researching candidates via social media and other online sources has transformed from an emerging trend to a staple of online recruitment," says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "In a competitive job market, recruiters are looking for all the information they can find that might help them make decisions. Rather than go off the grid, job seekers should make their professional persona visible online, and ensure that any information that could dissuade prospective employers is made private or removed." A total of 2,175 hiring and HR managers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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