1 In 10 Young Job Hunters Rejected Because Of Their Social Media

FacebookYou've heard the stories of employees fired for social media posts: rants about work, remarks about supervisors, or photos in compromising situations. But many people don't realize how what's on Facebook, Twitter and other services can keep them from getting hired -- particularly those between the ages of 16 and 34.

According to a new study from market analyst firm On Device Research, 1 in 10 young job seekers have lost a job opportunity because of their social media profiles. In the U.S. alone, the total was 8 percent among those 16 to 24 years old and 5 percent for those 25 to 34 years old.

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Chances are those percentages will grow, as 70 percent of the young American surveyed said they were not concerned that their social media use could hurt their career prospects. A whopping two-thirds said that the possibility of social media having an impact on their future careers wouldn't keep them from using it.

Checking Social Media 'Routine': The underemployed college grad has become a sad cliche in the new economy. Yet, On Device research found that 65 percent of young people expect to get a job that pays them more than their parents earned. The reality is that they won't if they come across badly on social networks.

It's now routine for hiring managers to check social media accounts of applicants and reject those who don't measure up. One survey from the social-media monitoring service Reppler of 300 people involved in hiring at their companies said that 91 percent of hiring managers surveyed used social networking sites to screen prospective employees. About 69 percent had rejected candidates for what they found.

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Almost half looked at social networks right after receiving an application and another 27 percent checked after an initial conversation with the applicant. In other words, 74 percent -- almost three-quarters -- use social media early in the hiring process. Make a mistake and chances are you won't have an opportunity to set the record straight.

What Gets Candidates Dinged: A different and larger study from CareerBuilder.com of 2,300 hiring managers said that 40 percent of hiring managers looked at social networks to check candidates and about a third of them dismissed candidates based on what was found. The top four things they looked for in hiring were a good feel for the candidate's personality, a professional image in social media, background that supported claimed professional qualifications, and evidence of a well-rounded personality and wide range of interests.

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So, what will get you off the fast track to employment? Here are the top problems, according to both studies:
  • Provocative or inappropriate photos or posts.
  • Content about drinking or using drugs.
  • Bad-mouthing a previous employer.
  • Sharing confidential information from a previous employer.
  • Poor communications skills.
  • Discriminatory comments based on race, gender or religion.
  • Lies about qualifications.
If you've had a hard time getting a job, you might consider reacquainting yourself with your own social networks and see the impression that you may be giving.

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Christian Internet

People who talk about first amendment rights I say to them, do as you please! Exercise your first amendment right onto the unemployment line! Free speech! Go for it! LOL!

September 17 2014 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Talk about "BIG BROTHER'' ........wow !!!!

June 11 2013 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its a thin line being walked here between screening someones FB page and violating their First Amendment Rights. First of all, my FB is set up so only those on my friend list can see my posts...so what are they doing, forcing them to friend them or give up a password? "Evidence of a well rounded personality" WTF is that? Sounds like subjective BS to me... Who is one person to say whos personality is "well rounded or not??

June 04 2013 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bill beres

d427 if you read news over last couple years, this issue has gone up the Court system. Whether you like it or not, for a while companies did and expected to continue to ask for your passwords. Even today, theu still do. If you want, go sue the American business world --- millions have been spent already

June 20 2013 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll add something else-once you have the job, don't spend most of the time texting. We fired a few people for that. Even after they were told they were not to text while at work, they continued to do so. A lot of young people seem to be addicted to their phones. They are at work to WORK, not to do their personal business on our time!

June 04 2013 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Want to know your biggest asset? Be well spoken. A thorough grasp of the English language will get you in the door every time! Afterwards, be as productive as possible without degrading others. Attempt to ad value to the corporation at every opportunity. Don't suck up to the boss. It doesn't work!

June 04 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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bill beres

boowah Simple and correct.

June 20 2013 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it would be because of Piercings and Tattoos.

June 04 2013 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I own a business and I really do not care what someone does in their private life. Why I reject 99% of the applicants is the come to an interview with a hat on, pants not pulled up, slouch when interviewing, do not speek proper english and more. The say its "who they are" which again on their time is fine, but not on mine. Want a job, conform, otherwise you wont be working anytime soon.

June 04 2013 at 3:40 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Regardless of age, everyone should be very careful about what they put online for everyone to see. Too many times it can come back to harm you. If you use Social Media, be discreet.

June 04 2013 at 2:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sjk1335's comment

Rather than just being careful about what they put online, maybe they ought to just do and say the right things in the first place. For example, lying is wrong so why lie about your qualifications? Using illegal drugs is, well just, illegal. Why do it? Parents need to teach their children right and wrong, how to be a responsible person, and that bad behavior has consequences. If they did that their children might not lose out on a job because of their social media postings.

June 04 2013 at 3:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jteasdale's comment

on the nail head..... jteasdale ....well written !

June 11 2013 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

How about old workers ?

June 04 2013 at 12:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

While social media can certainly be grounds for a candidate to be passed over, the opposite side of the coin is also true: social media is an amazing networking tool that can help job seekers if they use it correctly. A personal blog, professional Twitter feed or professional website can show a candidate is willing to go the extra mile, so don’t shy away from these platforms!

June 04 2013 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to CareerShift's comment

Very good points. But just as a knife can be used to cut your steak, it can also be used to cut your own throat. The key as you so apply put it, is to use it to your advantage. Use them, but don't abuse them. cheers...

June 04 2013 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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