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Job hunter: Rethink that social networking site

A survey by CareerBuilder shows that 22 percent of hiring managers screen potential staff via social networking profiles.

A survey by CareerBuilder shows that 22 percent of hiring managers screen potential staff via social networking profiles.

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I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record in regard to social networking and the job search, but I just unearthed some more stats about hiring managers and their use of social networking sites to screen candidates that made me want to revisit the topic. This appeared in a piece from globeandmail.com:

A survey by online job site CareerBuilder.com of 3,169 hiring managers found 22 per cent of them screened potential staff via social networking profiles, up from 11 per cent in 2006.

An additional 9 per cent said they don't currently use social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace to screen potential employees but they do plan to start.

The survey found that 34 per cent of the managers who do screen candidates on the Internet found content that made them drop the candidate from any short list.

The top area for concern among the hiring managers with 41 per cent citing this as a downfall were candidates posting information about drinking or using drugs.

The second area with 40 per cent of concern were candidates posting provocative or inappropriate photographs or information.

This should alarm people. Do you know how long it took to enact laws that prohibited prospective employers from asking a candidate questions that might lead to discrimination? And yet here we are, broadcasting even more details about our lives for anyone with an Internet connection to check out. Even if you don't post pictures of yourself doing tequila shots at your town's annual pit bull fighting competition, you still run the risk of offending someone or putting someone off by what you post for your friends to see.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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