Your Facebook Profile Might Keep You Unemployed

Before you post photos of your night of drunken debauchery to your Facebook profile, you might want to consider what kind of impression it might make on prospective employers. And lest you think that baby-boomer-generation hiring managers wouldn't know Facebook if they tripped over it, think again: 22 percent of hiring managers say they research job candidates on social networking sites.

It might seem like common sense for job hunters to keep their social networking profiles "clean," but hiring managers must not like what they are seeing, because 34 percent of those who research candidates on social networking sites "found content that caused them to dismiss the candidate from consideration." The most often sited reasons why these candidates were dismissed from consideration was because the "candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs" and the "candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information." Other turn-offs include "poor communication skills," "discriminatory remarks," and "criminal behavior."

 
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Twenty two percent of hiring managers using social networking to conduct their research might not seem like a lot; but this number actually represents twice as many hiring managers as who used social networking sites for research in 2006. With the ever-burgeoning popularity of social networking sites and the increasing sophistication of human resources-related technologies, it's a safe bet that the use of social networking for researching job candidates will only increase. The CareerBuilder.com survey where this data comes from, further reports that nine percent of hiring manager who don't currently use social networking sites for their candidate research, "plan to start" using it.

This doesn't mean however that job hunters should eschew social networking sites: In fact, "twenty-four percent of hiring managers who researched job candidates via social networking sites said they found content that helped to solidify their decision to hire the candidate." It's not about the site; it's about the content you choose to include on your profile. The survey reports that some of the factors that impressed hiring managers were:

  • 48% - candidate's background supported their qualifications for the job
  • 43% - candidate had great communication skills
  • 40% - candidate was a good fit for the company's culture
  • 36% - candidate's site conveyed a professional image
  • 31% - candidate had great references posted about them by others
  • 30% - candidate showed a wide range of interests
  • 29% - candidate received awards and accolades
  • 24% - candidate's profile was creative

Job seekers are starting to get savvy to these practices by hiring managers and are modifying their social networking profiles to be "employer-friendly":

"Hiring managers are using the Internet to get a more well-rounded view of job candidates in terms of their skills, accomplishments and overall fit within the company... As a result, more job seekers are taking action to make their social networking profiles employer-friendly. Sixteen percent of workers who have social networking pages said they modified the content on their profile to convey a more professional image to potential employers." -- Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources, CareerBuilder.com.

In today's hammered economy, job seekers just can't afford to choose impressing their friends over impressing prospective employers. Our advice is to clean up your Facebook profile, get a decent job, and once you are employed, you can then afford to take your friends out for a night on the town and drink them all under the table--just don't upload the photos to your Facebook profile when you get home... No drunk Facebooking!
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Comments
3vi1 6 years ago

Or, just use a pseudonym.

Der Meister 6 years ago

eh what ever....

squid267 6 years ago

I feel that's a good and a bad thing. They should really know how you really are. But then again arent we all different on the Internet? I know I am. I'd would really like if if someone was going through my Facebook, but they would need to add me. Weird.

3vi1 6 years ago

>> arent we all different on the Internet?

Amen brother!

There's just something about the internet, vs. face-to-face communication, that makes us stupid. Or, more honest. Who knows?

Der Meister 6 years ago

I have no Idea what you are talking about... AHAHAH J/K

I think its stupid but I guess when competition is getting tight who would you chose I know who i would, but Im diffrent...lol

shanewu 6 years ago

Maybe people should just grow up?

SqUiD267 6 years ago

what do you mean?^^

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

Allow me to cut the tension... IMO the chix in that pic are busted lookin. No

Anyone else care to comment?

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="recoveringknowitall"]

Allow me to cut the tension... IMO the chix in that pic are busted lookin. No

Anyone else care to comment?

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lol Have to say I agree.

 

Der Meister 6 years ago

I dont think walmart will care...lol

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

lol... no doubt.

shanewu 6 years ago

Squid -

What I meant was that too many people hide behind excuses (such as so-called anonymity) to do immature and irresponsible things and then wonder why there are consequences for those actions.

Bottom line to me is that people don't want to be accountable. They put short-term and shallow "fun" before long-term goals and responsibility, one sign of immaturity.

I believe many 18 year olds could be a lot more mature than they are if parents and our society as a whole did more to aid in the maturity process. Stop encouraging bad behavior (i.e. parents who provide a place to party and beer for 15-17 year olds) and stop condemning positive behavior (i.e. kids who study are "nerds").

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="shanewu"]

I believe many 18 year olds could be a lot more mature than they are if parents and our society as a whole did more to aid in the maturity process. Stop encouraging bad behavior (i.e. parents who provide a place to party and beer for 15-17 year olds) and stop condemning positive behavior (i.e. kids who study are "nerds").

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I was very poor as a kid and I started working as soon as I could. I had more responsibility than most kids. I resentedmy parents for that. Looking at the early 20 somethings I work with I'm glad that I'm not that immature. 

newyorkdan 6 years ago

More fun: http://www.pcworld.com/article/150920/say_cheese_12_photos_that_should_never_have_been_posted_online.html

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="NewYorkDan"]

More fun: http://www.pcworld.com/article/150920/say_cheese_12_photos_that_should_never_have_been_posted_online.html

[/quote]

 

Nice read!

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