What you post or tweet can either have a positive or negative impact on what employers and recruiters think of you. Social Media
A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com has shown that 51% of employers and recruiters who research job candidates on social media said they’ve found content that caused them not to hire the candidate, up from 43% last year and 34% from 2012. Employers and recruiters are not limiting their searches to social media alone, as 45% use search engines such as Google to research potential candidates. And what are they looking for? They are looking for information that will either hurt you, or help you to obtain your next position.

Hurtful Information:

  • Provocative or inappropriate photographs or information
  • Information about drinking or using drugs
  • Talking poorly about a previous employer
  • Sharing confidential information about a previous employer
  • Poor communication skills
  • Poor grammar and spelling
  • Discriminatory comments about race, religion, or gender
  • Lies about qualifications
  • Lies about an absence
  • Links to criminal behavior
  • Unprofessional screen or user name

Helpful Information:

  • Ability to sense a candidates personality and potential culture fit
  • Background information supporting professional qualifications
  • Professional image
  • Membership in professional organizations
  • Well-rounded, showing a range of interests
  • Great communications skills
  • Fantastic grammar and spelling
  • Creativity
  • Strong references posted
  • Awards and accolades for your work
  • Learning you have interacted with their social media accounts
  • Having a large amount of followers or subscribers

Social networks are viewed as a means to recruit both passive and active talent, and build company brand awareness. In addition to marketing their companies, employers and recruiters are messaging prospects directly, getting introduced through connections and posting jobs in groups. They are using these networks to fish where the fish are, so it’s highly important to have an effective social media presence and build your own personal brand awareness. It’s also important to take the time and steps needed to make sure your personal brand represents you well.



CareerBuilder Survey

How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Make Hiring Decisions Now

Amara Miller

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