In 2009, a survey done by CareerBuilder looked at how employers are using social media to look for information about job candidates.
Overall, 45% of the employers admitted that they screen social media for information about job candidates.
What else did they find?
Facebook, rather than LinkedIn, is the most popular website that employers use to look up information about job candidates.
29% of employers admitted that they use Facebook to screen job candidates.
Here are some other fun facts about the way that employers look at your social media profiles:
- 18% of employers found information that influenced them to hire a candidate
- 50% got a good feel for the candidate’s personality from social media sites
- 35% found information that caused them to NOT hire someone
- 53% found provocative/inappropriate photographs or other information
So what can we make of all this information? Well, here are five things to avoid doing on social media sites, according to the survey:
- Avoid leaving around “digital dirt”: those questionable photos about last night’s party, for example.
- Terrible troll: don’t leave huge amounts of pointless, stupid comments with excessive amounts of swear words.
- Don’t have a big mouth about your employer: this should go without saying, but don’t rant about your employer on social media sites. It looks REALLY BAD to other employers.
- Huge amounts of contacts and comments: don’t add sketchy people as friends because they may leave comments on your profile that look bad on you.
- Don’t be negative: keep a positive attitude on social media sites – if everything you say is a rant or a complaint, it looks like you’re a consistently negative person.
Do you try to keep your social media profiles family friendly and clear of these things?
If there are any other pieces of advice you can think of, I’d love to hear them in the comments!