Should A Job Hunter Delete Social Media?
The social media monitoring service Reppler has found that 91% of employers use social media channels to screen job applicants, with 69% rejecting a candidate based on something they saw.
A CareerBuilder study based on surveyed of more than 1,000 hiring managers and hr professionals said 57% had found something during their screenings that led them to not hire someone.
Does this mean it would be safer to delete your digital footprint? Well, the answer is no!
The CareerBuilder study found that 58% of employers conduct social screenings to look for information supporting a candidate's qualifications for the job. Just 24% of those surveyed check social media to search for reasons not to hire someone.
While the fear of something embarrassing or negative being discovered might tempt some job candidates to completely erase their online persona, employers say that strategy can backfire.
47% of employers said they wouldn't call a person for an interview if they can't find them online. More than one-quarter of employers say it's because they like to gather more information before calling a candidate, and 20% say it's because they expect candidates to have an online presence.
NB: Just keep it professional.
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