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More than half of employers have rejected an applicant due to social media posts, according to new research.
Conducted by CareerBuilder.co.uk, the study found 55% of employers who research job applicants on social media claim that they’ve seen something that caused them not to hire the candidate.
The research found that nearly half (48%) of recruiters currently use social networking sites to find information on potential job candidates. Of those who currently don’t use social media to vet candidates, 12% say they are planning on doing so in the near future.
However, it is not just social networking sites which employers are using as investigative tools. 50% of recruiters have admitted to using search engines such as Google in order to research potential job candidates, with 21% said they do so frequently or always.
Drinking and drug habits topped the list of what put recruiters off with 45% saying it had put candidates in a negative light while 39% have rejected applicants who have bad-mouthed their previous employers and employees online. Inappropriate photos (38%) was another factor that ruled out some candidates.
It’s not all bad news for people with Facebook and Twitter users – a third of those surveyed claimed they had found content that made them more likely to hire job seekers.
Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, believes that job seekers should pay attention to the risks of posting online and how it “can affect their chances of getting hired down the road”.
She said: “Job seekers need to stay vigilant, and pay attention to privacy updates from all of their social networking accounts so they know what information is available for others to see. Take control of your web presence by limiting who can post to your profile and monitoring posts you’ve been tagged in.”