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What does your Facebook say about you? by Alyse K
February 22, 2010, 2:20 pm
Filed under: In the News, Job Search | Tags: , , , , , ,

When you start job hunting, employers might not be just checking out your résumé. Some employers are using the Internet to their advantage and scanning applicants Facebook pages. According to a CareerBuilder study in June 2009, 45 percent of 2,600 or more employers reported using social networking sites to research job candidates. This is a significant jump from the 22 percent reported in 2008. According to the Oregon Business Report, “Of those who conduct online searches/background checks of job candidates, 29 percent use Facebook, 26 percent use LinkedIn and 21 percent use MySpace. One-in-ten (11 percent) search blogs while 7 percent follow candidates on Twitter.”

35 percent of employers reported finding content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire candidates. Some of the top reasons were:

  • provocative or inappropriate photos or information (53 percent)
  • content about drinking and using drugs (44 percent)
  • bad-mouthing previous employers, co-workers, clients, etc (35 percent)
  • poor communication skills (29 percent)
  • discriminatory comments (29 percent)
  • lying about qualifications (24 percent)

So, what does your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or blog say about you? Are you presenting yourself in a positive, professional manner? If you haven’t been mindful of this before, consider reviewing the information you’re posting online and what message it sends to potential employers.

Check back later this week for tips on a positive online image.

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