Employers Using Social Networks To Screen Employees

Employers go online to screen candidates

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As social networking becomes increasingly widespread, more employers are using these sites to screen potential employees.

More than half (53%) of employers reported in a recent CareerBuildere.co.uk survey that they use social networking sites to research job candidates. Another 12 percent plan to start using social networking sites for screening.

Among employers who conduct online background checks of job candidates, 43 percent use search engines, 12 percent use Facebook and 12 percent use LinkedIn. Three percent search blogs and 4 percent follow candidates on Twitter.
  "Social networking is a great way to make connections with potential job opportunities in 2010 and promote your personal brand across the Internet," said Farhan Yasin, president of CareerBuilder EMEA. 

"Make sure you are using this resource to your advantage by conveying a professional image and underscoring your qualifications."

Top reasons why employers disregarded candidates after screening online:

  •     Candidate lied about qualifications – 38 percent
  •      Candidate showed poor communication skills – 31 percent
  •      Candidate made discriminatory comments – 13 percent
  •      Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs – 10 per cent
  •      Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information – 9 percent
  •      Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients – 9  percent
  •      Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer – 8 percent

Top reasons employers hired candidates after screening online:

  •      Profile supported candidate’s professional qualifications – 61 percent
  •      Candidate showed solid communication skills – 41 percent
  •      Candidate was well-rounded – 37 percent
  •      Profile provided a good feel for the candidate’s personality and fit – 28 percent
  •      Candidate seemed creative -24 percent  Candidate conveyed a professional image – 22 percent
  •      Candidate received awards and accolades – 15 percent
  •      Other people posted good references about the candidate – 15 percent

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  • http://hubpages.com/profile/dame+scribe Gin

    I think reviewing somebody’s FB or other social media site reveals a side to prospective employers far better than a written character reference. One gets to see past to current exhibitions of behavior. All the good, bad and ugly.

  • http://www.jobuna.com Employment Agency

    Thanks for sharing. I have noticed this trend as well.

    Employees / potential employees should be concerned about their reputation.

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