Careerbuilder study shows how employers are looking at your Facebook

A survey conducted by Careerbuilder in 2009 looked at how employers are using social media sites to screen job candidates. This infographic shows which sites were the most popular for employers to check out. Photo credit: Huffingtonpost

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:

  1. Avoid leaving around “digital dirt”: those questionable photos about last night’s party, for example.
  2. Terrible troll:  don’t leave huge amounts of pointless, stupid comments with excessive amounts of swear words.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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Preview: Purdue’s College of Tech to host Aviation Technology career fair Mar. 29

Photo credit: Purdue Aviation Technology website

Purdue’s College of Technology will host its annual Aviation Technology (AT) career fair this Thursday, March 29.

It looks to be a busy career fair, so be sure to plan ahead for it if you’re going to attend!

Some quick information about the career fair:

Some of the companies that will be in attendance at this year’s career fair are:

These are only a few of the companies that will be in attendance. A full list of the companies that will be in attendance can be found on the department of AT website.

There will also be representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Officer programs, and the U.S. Navy Officer programs in attendance.

The department of Aviation Technology is urging students to register through Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities Express website.

From the department of AT website:

First-year students through graduating seniors should register NOW to receive important information relating to internship and permanent job opportunities.

Here is a link to a PDF of the registration form, which can also be found on the department of AT website.

After you’ve filled it out, you’ll want to send it via fax, e-mail, or postal service to:

Email atsec@purdue.edu
Fax (765) 494-2305
Postal Address Aviation Technology
1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2015

For any additional information, contact Suzanne Coolbaugh-Walker at (765) 494-9967, or scwalker@purdue.edu

It looks like it will be a beautiful day weather wise, but you might want to check the radar and forecast for Lafayette before you head out to the airport in your formal attire!

Good luck to everyone at the career fair!

Preview: Purdue’s College of Tech to hold BCM career fair Feb. 10

Purdue's College of Technology will hold its biannual Building Construction Management career fair this Friday, Feb. 10 at the Purdue Armory. Source: Purdue BCM website

Purdue’s College of Technology will sponsor its biannual Building Construction Management career fair this Friday, Feb. 10 in the Purdue Armory.

Quick information about the BCM career fair:

  • Friday, Feb. 10
  • 9 a.m. – noon: Current BCM students and BCM alumni only
  • Noon – 2 p.m. : Other majors welcome to attend
  • Around 150 companies will have booths set up for the career fair
  • A floor plan, and a full list of the companies attending can be found on Purdue’s BCM website.

If you have time, be sure to check it out!

Or, if  you can’t make it, check me out on Twitter @BoilerHawkTech for live tweets from the event on Friday!

From the College of Technology website about the event:

“These companies are looking for full-time, intern, and co-op positions within the construction management major.”

Over 500 students visit the career fair on average, which occurs once during both the fall and spring semesters.