Nearly Half of Employers Screen Social Media Profiles

HR departments use Facebook, MySpace as source of information on candidates
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 4:45 PM CDT
Nearly Half of Employers Screen Social Media Profiles
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(Newser) – It’s becoming increasingly likely that a prospective employer will check your Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn profile, Mashable reports. A recent survey found that 45% of human-resource departments search the social-media profiles of prospective employees, with another 11% planning to institutionalize a social-networking screen in the near future. And recruiters don’t always like what they see: 35% had disqualified an applicant over objectionable content.

However, sometimes the extra information afforded by social-networking sites is a boon: 18% of employers said that they had found something in a screening that caused them to hire the candidate. (Read more social networking stories.)

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