Employers are Cracking Down

Happy Monday! As I look outside, I see that there is quite possibly a monsoon ripping through Bangor. Thankfully, I am inside and in the warmth and comfort of Starbucks (where else). I also deemed today a sweat pants day, because not only did I wake up early to drop Margaux off at the airport, rainy days scream for comfy clothes. I couldn't say no, so if you happen to run into me today...don't be alarmed. I just pray you aren't a potential employer! That being said, today's blog is about the increased use of social media and employers. I found a very interesting article on AOL.com (yes, it still exists) about employers using social media sites like Facebook to research their potential employees. Now I wrote about this earlier in September of last year, but this article breaks down actual numbers. So, consider this a sequel to my previous post! Here's a few points that stuck out to me:

One in three employers turn down applicants based on their social media pages

Holy! That's a significant number! You could be one of the most qualified candidates to apply for a job, but if your social media site (like Facebook) is putting you in a different light, it's a serious issue. Out of the nearly 40 percent of employers who were asked, here is what they had to say about things that turned them off while looking at their applicants.

  • Candidate's provocative/inappropriate photos/comments -- 49 percent
  • Candidate drinking or using drugs -- 45 percent
  • Candidate had "poor communication skills" -- 35 percent
  • Candidate bad-mouthed a previous employer -- 33 percent
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender or religion -- 28 percent
  • Candidate lied about qualifications -- 22 percent

If you are doing any of these things on your profile page...you may want to cease and desist. Employers are pretty crafty when it comes to going back in your profile and seeing what you have posted. Heck, the new timeline feature makes it that much easier! So instead of bad mouthing your previous employer, or posting pictures of the rager that you went to last weekend, it may be better to just let those unpleasantries (not a real word) sit on your computer and not online where you think they belong. Be smart about what you post! On the flip side, check out some of the positives of having social media at hand:

  • Good feel for candidate's personality -- 58 percent
  • Conveyed a professional image -- 55 percent
  • Background info supported professional qualifications -- 54 percent
  • Well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests -- 51 percent
  • Great communication skills -- 49 percent
  • Creativity -- 44 percent
  • Other people posted great references about the candidate -- 34 percent

Social media can play a huge role in whether or not you get a job. It can have a positive or negative effect. Make sure you know what's on your profile and make sure there isn't anything floating around that could kill your chances of landing that super sweet job.

Has social media helped you in job hunting?

Seth P.