Study Shows 70% of Recruiters Check Social Networking Sites

Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Business News [ 0 Comments ]

Job seekers have much on their plate.  They need to have a great resume to stand out from X amount of other applicants, be able to write a great cover letter and of course market themselves as the perfect person for the job.  But a new study done by Microsoft is enlightening seekers they need to think about their social networking presence as well.

According to the study,  “70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online.”  The information that has hindered 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers to reject an applicant is described in the study as, ” ‘Inappropriate’ comments by the candidate; ‘unsuitable’ photos and videos; criticisms of previous employers, co-workers, or clients; and even inappropriate comments by friends and relatives.”

Many college students are unaware that their social networking profiles could be the determining factor for finding a job once out in the “real world.”  Tara Jones, a student at Stanford had this to say about learning this news, “I remember sitting in lecture after learning this and actually being terrified,” Jones said. She said she is especially conscious of information exposure because of the effect it could have on any future employers who may see her profile and judge.”

The trend most seekers are turning to is changing their name on their profiles.  Some are using nicknames, while others are using their middle name as their last name.  Although this could deter employers from finding you, there are other ways.

If you search by email, no matter if the names are the same, an employer will be able to find your profile.  The Internet will also be able to keep caches of your profile for who knows how long. “Web sites are almost impossible to eliminate…they get cached somewhere and they’ll keep coming up,” says a Pen State career counselor to CNN.

Although many raise the question of privacy issues, for now it is wise to clean up your image on social networking sites.  Keep in mind your friends can tag photos of you in Facebook, so it isn’t just your content you need to worry about.


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