Social Network: Social Media Screening
By now it's common knowledge that social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are great avenues for sharing with family and friends. Facebook, for example, now boasts a user base of over 800 million people.
Think about that for a moment—almost a seventh of the world's population is on Facebook. Those 800 million people interact with up to 900 million objects (such as pages, groups, community pages and events) and share up to 250 million photos every single day. That's a whole lot of information about a whole lot of people, all online.
With all that information out there, it's safe to assume that it's not all flattering. We're all familiar with the handful of embarrassing pictures that are uploaded to Facebook after a friend's bachelorette party, or the angry tweet sent when someone keys your car in a parking lot. Though it's always a good idea to remain mindful of your online image, it's especially important if you're a free agent on the job market.
What You Need to Know
Mashable.com recently published an infographic detailing some statistics that might make you think twice about letting a friend tag you in pictures from the weekend, or sharing a controversial article that discloses your political view. According to the Reppler study referenced in the article, 91 percent of employers use social media in some capacity to assist in the hiring process.
The top three social networks referenced are the usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Interestingly, a whopping 47 percent of the companies that participated in the survey initiated a social search about a candidate right after receiving the application, which means if you have questionable content linked to your name, you may not even get a chance to impress in person.
What's worse is that 69 percent of the companies surveyed chose not to hire a candidate based on content they found online. The top reasons for rejecting those candidates included things that you might expect, such as the posting of inappropriate photos and comments, negative comments about a previous employer and lying about qualifications.