What Job-Seekers Shouldn't Post on Facebook

...and what employers want to see
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
What Job-Seekers Shouldn't Post on Facebook: Survey
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the redesign during the f/8 conference in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – We’ve all heard the horror stories of Facebook profiles that keep people from being hired. Indeed, 91% of employers screen potential employees using the service, a survey finds. So just what is it, exactly, that employers don’t want to see? The survey, by online reputation-protection service Reppler, reveals some of the biggest no-nos for job seekers. At the top of the list: lying about your qualifications. Some 13% of employers have rejected applicants whose resumes said one thing while their profiles said another.

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Other top factors in rejection were inappropriate photos, inappropriate comments, and “poor communication skills”; each of these prompted rejections from 11% of employers, Forbes reports. Though 69% of employers have rejected applicants based on social networking sites, 68% of them have actually hired people based on information from the sites. Some 39% of bosses, for example, have chosen to take on an applicant because their profiles suggested they’d be a good “organizational fit.” Click through for more from the Reppler survey. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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