Job Recruiters Always Look At Applicants’ Social Media–It Pays To Be Circumspect

A recent survey commissioned by Microsoft found that 70 percent of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on information they found online.  A recent story on CNN described various efforts students were making to scrub their social media footprints such as changing the spellings of their Facebook names and making their privacy settings more private. 

Some say that social media will usher in a new era of openness in the workplace, but I am not so sure.  Risque behavior might not impact job performance but in this economy employers and recruiters have their pick of applicants.  There are not that many jobs.  Recruiters will almost certainly give the nod to the person with a clean social media image when deciding between two equally qualified candidates.

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