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Two in Five Employers Use Social Media to Screen Candidates

talent statisticsA new nationwide CareerBuilder study found that nearly 39 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent last year. Of those, 43 percent said they have found information that factored into their decision not to hire a candidate – such as provocative or inappropriate photos and discriminatory comments related to race, gender or religion or the like – while 19 percent said they have found information that influenced their decision to hire a candidate – such as evidence of great communications skills and a professional-looking profile.

The findings underscore the influence of social media when it comes to recruiting; however, it is important that hiring managers and human resources departments be careful in how they use the information obtained from social media and consider whether or not it is relevant to a candidate’s qualifications in order to avoid legal ramifications.

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Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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Also , can we know the stats of different websites used here , like how many used Fb, In or G+ for their recruiting and the most preferred one. Hope some one challenges here LinkedIn claims of hiring better and now they have a certification even for recruiting. 


Interesting article.  It would be good to know the population approached by Careerbuilder for this study (geography and sector etc).  As trends in social media differ between US & UK results for UK would be interesting (assuming Careerbuilder survey is US based). Does such data exist?


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