In a new survey, employers across the country admit that they don’t hire certain people after they research the person on social media.
Social media is so ubiquitous that it seems almost impossible to imagine someone without a presence on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (or Snapchat, or Tumblr, or any number of other platforms). And while having a social media presence is good--even necessary--in most employers eyes, what you say and do online can have a huge effect on your job prospects.
In a survey of 1,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals from various industries in the private sector, most of them said they would research an applicant online before hiring them--about 70%, to be exact. Of that 70% of hiring managers, 57% found something on a candidate’s social media profile that caused them to not hire that person.
What that thing that tanks your job prospects can vary from manager to manager, but there are a few universal things to avoid when on the job hunt. For those hiring managers that checked out a candidate’s social media profile, 40% said they didn’t hire someone because they found provocative or “inappropriate” images and videos. Keep it clean, folks.
Around 36% said they didn’t hire someone because of drug or alcohol abuse. If you post something discriminatory against a group’s race, creed, religion, or sexuality, that’s also a no-no with 31% of hiring managers.
Strangely, only 27% of hiring managers cared if you lied about your qualifications and got caught because of your social media profile. Last of all, 12% said they didn’t hire someone just because they posted too frequently.
But even if you’ve already got a career, that doesn’t mean you’re safe. Nearly half of employers (48%) regularly check up on an employee’s social media, and 34% of employers have either fired or reprimanded someone for something they found online.
You’d think that eliminating all social media might be the answer, but no--47% of employers say they’ve eliminated a candidate just because they couldn’t find them anywhere online, and 20% of hiring managers expect a candidate to have some sort of social media presence.
That’s not to say that all social media is bad for your job chances. About a third of hiring managers say that a good social media profile showing a well-rounded, family-friendly, and professional individual helped them land the job they were applying for.