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2010-03-17 21:53:47 (UTC)

Reputation Repair and Management Explain More Employers Use Social Networks to Check out Applicants

Reputation Repair and Management Explain More Employers Use
Social Networks to Check out Applicants

Before a job interview, most job applicants have a general
checklist— updating a résumé, ironing a professional outfit,
rehearsing an explanation for those two years spent bumming
around after college. However, if updating the Facebook
profile isn’t on that list, Reputation Repair and Management
suggests that maybe it should be.

According to a new study conducted by Harris Interactive for
CareerBuilder.com, 45 percent of employers questioned are
using social networks to screen job candidates — more than
double from a year earlier, when a similar survey found that
just 22 percent of supervisors were researching potential
hires on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace,
Twitter and LinkedIn. All these social networks can tell an
employer about how you really are, compared to an interview.

Don’t think this is true? Well, to show you that this is
sometimes the case, Reputation Repair and Management came
upon a study that pulled out the statistics for you. The
study, which questioned 2,667 managers and human resource
workers, found that 35 percent of employers decided not to
offer a job to a candidate based on the content uncovered on
a social networking site.

The report showed that Facebook was the most popular online
destination for employers to do their online sleuthing,
followed by LinkedIn and MySpace. In addition, 7 percent
followed job candidates on Twitter. So, as Reputation Repair
and Management suggested, its time to start updating your
Facebook and Twitter today, or at least before your next job
interview.

Reputation Repair and Management has found that more than
half of the employers who participated in the survey said
that provocative photos were the biggest factor contributing
to a decision not to hire a potential employee, while 44
percent of employers pinpointed references to drinking and
drug use as definite red flags when it came to potential
employees.

Other warning signs included bad-mouthing of previous
employers and colleagues and poor online communication
skills. Things like this will surely not get you a second
interview.

While most of these may seem like obvious stumbling blocks,
what constitutes alarming behavior to a particular employer?
Would photographs of a trip to the beach be considered
inappropriate? What about a racy Halloween costume?
Reputation Repair and Management wants to bring it to your
attention that as Facebook continues to grow as an essential
personal and business networking tool for most of the Web,
these issues are only going to get more serious.

To be on the safe side, it’s probably wise to use the new
privacy settings offered by Facebook to keep everything but
the most innocuous content away from the public eye.

To learn more about Reputation Repair and Management visit
www.reputationrepairandmanagement.net.


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