More Employers Check Social Networking Sites


Forty-five percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 22% when asked last year, according to a survey released today by

Of employers who use social networking sites to find candidates or do background checks, 29% use Facebook, 26% use LinkedIn, 21% use MySpace, 11% search blogs and 7% use Twitter.

The top industries for employers that use social networking sites to screen candidates are information technology (63%) and professional and business services (53%), according to the survey.

Content that caused employers to not hire candidates included posting of provocative or inappropriate photographs, content about a candidate drinking or taking drugs, bad-mouthing of a previous employer, poor communication skills and making discriminatory comments.

However, some content encouraged employers to hire a candidate. This included profiles that provided a good feel for the candidate’s personality and fit, supported professional qualifications, showed the candidate was creative and showed solid communication skills.

The survey included 2,667 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the U.S.

Click here to view the complete study.

One response to “More Employers Check Social Networking Sites

  1. I’am sixty eight years of age and have been self employed for the past forty years as a home builder. I have achieved a journey man level in the trades and My problems are simply no employment references and the vocational and trade schools have closed many years ago.

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