Career Builder is reporting that the number of potential employers that are using networking sites like Facebook to screen applicants is growing fast. Last year, only 22% of employers used the sites, but with the growth in popularity of Facebook, employers see the value of the insight that prospective employees' profiles provide.
What is catching the employers' attention?
*Provocative or inappropriate photos or info
*Drinking or drug use
*Bad-mouthing previous employee, colleague or client
*Poor communication skills
*Lied about qualifications
Career Builder's survey also states that Facebook has become the network of choice for recruiters, since Linkedin's profiles are typically more professional. This should be a wake up call to applicants who might be posting drunken party photos.
The message to employers is that just because it is online, does not mean that it is wise to use it without policies and procedures in place. Online material can be inaccurate, discriminatory, and under certain circumstances its use can be an invasion of privacy.
Source: "Forty-five Percent of Employees Use Social Networking Sites to research Job Candidates." Career Builder. Click here