How important are social media sites in your job search? They are a must so that recruiters can find you and check out your skills and background. However, they can also get you eliminated from a search. A new study released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) highlights just how HR can weed out candidates through public social searches. According to the study:
1. 43% of HR professionals said they use public social media or online searches to screen job candidates. That is up from 33 % in 2013.
2. 44% agree that a job candidate’s public social media profile can provide information about work-related performance.
3. 61% of respondents said they conducted online searches to gain more information about an applicant; 5o% to verify an applicant’s resume and cover letter.
4. 41% of employers said candidates include links to their social sites on their resumes (up from 19% in 2011.)
5. Two out of five organizations have a social media policy for screening job candidates. 39% allow candidates to explain any discrepancies.
7. 28% of organizations that screen candidates do so before the initial interview and 29% wait until after. 36% said it varies by job level.
While a company has legal risks with screen candidates, some content posted on platforms legitimately can be considered to the benefit or detriment of a candidate.