So what have you posted on Facebook lately?

If you are those people who feel think that because Facebook and Twitter is for personal use so you can be completely free to post whatever you wish, think again.  This especially holds true if you are engaging in a job search.  You have probably heard a few stories where an employee was fired because of what he or she posted about their job on their Twitter or Facebook profiles. What you don’t hear are the stories of the many candidates who simply lose out on a job because their social media activities shed negative light on them in their potential employer’s eyes.

A survey conducted by Repeller, a social media monitoring services, has shown that a whopping 90% of employers browse through their prospective candidates social media activities.  Of the three most common social media networks, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, 76% of employers use Facebook to screen potential candidates, 53% said they used Twitter, and surprisingly only 48% said they used LinkedIn.  What a contrast!  You would obviously expect employers to use LinkedIn more since it is more professional, but that is the shocker.  They apparently are going to a more “personal” social site such as Facebook. This is where you would “air your dirty laundry” so to speak, and it can come back to haunt you.

Recruiters, Hiring Managers, and HR departments are often used to find candidates and more and more are searching places such as LinkedIn.  Once they have a candidate, and have verified their profile collaborates the information in their resume, they can then look at more personal social sites to find out if they want to consider them further.  Gone are the old days when an interviewer would only know what you want to tell them, they can now easily view information you would never intentionally share.  They want to know everything about you before the interview and they can easily take advantage of this media.  Though it can be unfair, it is commonly used and requested so interviewers can see your “bigger picture”.

Do not rush to delete all your Facebook or Twitter accounts just yet.  Actually 68% of recruiters actually recommended a candidate based on what they saw on their social media profiles. The bottom line is this:  what kind of impression does your social media profile or activities portray?  If it is a positive impression and a good personality that readers see, then just make sure you maintain that.  I encourage everyone to be careful and thoughtful when you make a post, because you never know who is looking.  Also, set your security measures so that not everyone is allowed to view your profile.  It isn’t foolproof, but it may prevent some companies from peeking.

Do you have any positive or negative experience with social media in regards to employment?

by:  Anjela Mangrum, CPC

Anjela Mangrum is the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and machining manufacturing businesses to source and secure mid-to-upper level talent for operations, supply chain, and engineering positions.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x101.

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