Thursday, June 11, 2015

Social media and your job hunt

Matthew Tarpey, CareerBuilder, says 52% of employers check applicants' social media presences before hiring. me. This has been steadily growing.

In fact, if a candidate has no such presence, this can be a red flag.

 A third of hiring managers said they would be less likely to interview someone who was not online.

Sixty percent of the hiring managers who check the internet are looking for support of the candidate's qualifications for the job.

Fifty-six percent are trying to gauge the online persona.

Thirty-seven percent want to see what others say about the person.

Only 21% are seeking reasons not to hire.

Still, 48% of those who do screen online info found reasons not to hire. Some of these:

Inappropriate photos (46%)

Info on the candidate's drinking or drugging habits (40%)

Badmouthed previous company or an employee online (34%)

Poor communication skills (30%)

Discriminatory remarks (29%)

On the bright side, almost a third found reasons TO hire. Good qualifications, pleasant personality, professional image, good communication skills, and creativity were reasons to hire.

In over a third of cases, the would-be employer friended the candidate. You can decide on that.

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