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Peeking Behind the Social Curtain; Hiring Managers Are Using Social Media to Uncover the Good and the Bad from Candidates' Posts

Magazine article Talent Development

Peeking Behind the Social Curtain; Hiring Managers Are Using Social Media to Uncover the Good and the Bad from Candidates' Posts

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The work world is flocking to social media now more than ever-according to a new survey by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder, the percentage of employers that use social networking sites to research job candidates has skyrocketed. When the first survey was conducted in 2006, 11 percent of employers used social networks during research. This year, that number is 60 percent, marking a 500 percent increase in a decade.

Plenty of online interaction happens behind "closed doors," so to speaker protected accounts. According to the survey, 36 percent of employers who screen via social networks have asked to "friend" or follow candidates' private accounts. Of those, 68 percent have been confirmed. However, that percentage is down from 80 percent last year.

"Social media has created a whole new set of etiquette rules that are tricky to navigate, but we're seeing employees take control and maintain ambiguity in their social relationships when it comes to work-related requests" says Ladan Nikravan, corporate communications manager at CareerBuilder. …

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