Can social media affect your job search? It’s no secret that social media could damage your chances of getting that job you’ve been chasing.

In a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 47% of hiring managers say they are less likely to screen an applicant if they can’t find them online, while 28% claim they use a candidate’s social media presence to gather more data before scheduling them for an interview. highlighted vital info of the CareerBuilder study.

What employers are looking for when checking a candidate’s social media presence

  • Information on candidate’s job qualifications – 58%
  • Candidate’s professional online persona – 50%
  • What content other netizens are posting about the candidate – 34%
  • Any possible reason not to hire the candidate – 22%

Content that helped convince employers to hire a candidate

  • Information supporting candidate’s job qualifications – 37%
  • Candidate’s creativity – 34%
  • Candidate’s site conveying a professional image – 33%
  • Information showing candidate’s wide range of interests – 31%
  • Information showing candidate is a good fit within the company culture – 31%
  • Having great communication skills – 28%
  • Awards and accolades – 26%
  • Other social media users posting great references about the job candidate – 23%
  • Interactions with the company’s social media accounts – 22%
  • Compelling video or other content – 21%
  • Large number of social media followers or subscribers – 18%

Furthermore, in a study by JobVite revealed that 93% of recruiters admitted to checking out the social media profiles of candidates (including a candidates LinkedIn profile, Facebook page or Twitter). A whopping 61% claimed to have found posts that negatively influenced their opinion of the candidate in question.

Everyone (we hope) knows not to post anything they’re not comfortable with sharing with the world. However, the things that recruiters picked up which influenced their opinions on included bad spelling and grammar, proving that job candidates need to be even more careful than ever with what they post online.

For more alarming facts and figures about social media and its impact on job searches, read on.


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(updated 2021)

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