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Employers Are Using Social Media Sites To Research Job Candidates

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If you are looking for a job….beware!  Employers are using social media sites to research potential job candidates.

Reppler, a company that offers a tool for scrubbing social networking accounts of job-damaging material, recently commissioned a survey of 300 hiring managers and the connection with different social media sites.

95% of employers use social media sites when looking at potential job candidates.

Here are some statistics from the survey about employers and what makes them disqualify a potential employee:

 

– Lied about their qualifications: 13%

–Posted inappropriate photos: 11%

–Posted inappropriate comments: 11%

–Posted negative comments about a previous employer: 11%

–Demonstrated poor communication skills: 11%

–Posted content about using drugs: 10%

–Made discriminatory comments: 10%

–Posted content about drinking: 10%

–Shared confidential information from a previous employer:  7%

–Have never rejected a candidate because of information on a social networking site: 7%

 

Do you think this is right?  Is it fair for an employer to use social media sites to judge you?

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