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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

One in five US employers uses social networks in hiring

Small world networks Computerworld reports a survey by CareerBuilder.com which suggests that more than one in five US employers search social networking sites to screen job candidates (31,000 employers screened). Top areas of concern include:
  • Information about alcohol or drug use (41%)
  • Inappropriate photos or information posted on a candidate's page (40%)
  • Poor communication skills (29%)
  • Bad mouthing of former employers or fellow employees (28%)
  • Inaccurate qualifications (27%)
  • Unprofessional screen names (22%)
  • Notes showing links to criminal behavior (21%)
  • Confidential information about past employers (19%)

CareerBuilder's advice:
  • Remove pictures, content and links that can send the wrong message to potential employers
  • Update social networking profiles regularly to highlight latest accomplishments
  • Consider blocking comments to avoid questionable posts
  • Avoid joining groups whose names could turn off potential employers
  • Consider setting profile to private so only designated friends can view it