The Internet Can End Your Job Search

In a tight job market do you really want to miss out on an opportunity because of something on your Facebook page?

In a sure sign of the times, forty-five percent of employers reported in a recent CareerBuilder survey that they use social networking sites to research job candidates.

That’s quite a leap from the 22 percent who reported the same the previous year. And just so we’re clear that this is a lasting trend another 11 percent say that they plan to start using social networking sites for screening.

Where are employers looking?

Of those who are busy online checking you out, 29 percent use Facebook, 26 percent use LinkedIn and 21 percent use MySpace. One-in-ten (11 percent) search blogs while 7 percent follow candidates on Twitter.

Just what are employers looking for? Those who participated in the survey said they used the following to disqualify job applicants?

– Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information, 53%

– Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs, 44%

– Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients, 35%

– Candidate showed poor communication skills, 29%