37% of Hiring Managers Use Social Networking Sites to Research Job Applicants

A recent study by the online employment site, CareerBuilder, found that 37 percent of hiring managers use social networking sites to research job applicants. Employers are primarily using Facebook (65 percent) and LinkedIn (63 percent) to research candidates; 16 percent use Twitter. 

Researchers from Harris Interactive asked over 2,000 hiring managers and other human resources professionals whether they use publicly available information from social networking sites when making hiring decisions. 

The study found that hiring managers are using social media to evaluate candidates’ character and personality outside the confines of the traditional interview process.

  • A third (34 percent) of hiring managers who currently research candidates via social media said they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate.
  • Three in ten hiring managers (29 percent) said they have found something that has caused them to hire a candidate.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, states that:

Job seekers should be mindful of what potential employers can learn about them online. If you choose to leave social media content public, tailor the message to your advantage. Filter out anything that can tarnish your professional reputation and post communications, links and photos that portray you in the best possible light.”

Each branch of Hickey College Library has a copy of the book, How to Find a Job on Linkedln, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Other Social Networks (HF5382.7 .S34 2010)

  • Use this resource to obtain helpful advice on how to market yourself, connect with employers, build business contacts, and gather recommendations using social networking tools.
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