Social Media Now More Likely To Cost You That Job

While we’ve had an idea for awhile that some companies may be casually checking social media history before deciding whether to hire someone, a new report reveals that more and more companies are formally adding social media evaluations to their list of things that could disqualify a job candidate, alongside things like background checks and drug testing.

According to the 2018 MRINetwork Reputation Management Study, 18% of employers are now formally reviewing candidates social media profiles, while another 17% are considering following suit. As for what they are looking for, 39% say they are searching for questionable content or behavior, while 27% want to see active engagement in trade or professional associations, and 19% are looking for offensive social or political views.

Luckily, more and more job seekers are aware of how their social media presence affects their job search, with 48% of people saying they believe their social media presence is either important or very important to employers, and 70% aware that questionable content or behavior is a big red flag to possible employers. To avoid losing out on a gig because of their social media account, many make their profiles private, and then set up separate professional accounts just for recruiters and hiring managers. 

Source: Yahoo Finance

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