One thing Alec Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and James Franco have in common — besides questionable judgment and a LOT of free time, apparently — is they’re no strangers to pushing the boundaries on social media, intentional or not. Many job candidates find themselves in a similar predicament, except instead of ending up in tabloid headlines they lose out on their shot at employment.
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, more than half (51 percent) of employers who use social media channels to research candidates found content that made them pass on hiring these individuals. If you take a look below, you’ll notice that number is up from previous years. TWEET THIS
So what types of skeletons did these folks have in their closet, you wonder? Here are the top three reasons that have caused employers to say “No thanks!” TWEET THIS
Compare that with 1 in 3 employers who researched candidates on social media and found activity that made them more likely to hire those individuals. For instance, getting a sense of cultural fit (46 percent), verifying their qualifications (45 percent) and portraying a professional image (43 percent) were some of the most common reasons employers moved forward with their hiring decision.
Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @CBforEmployers: Do you check candidates out on social media? If so, what do you typically look for?