Anything that 93% of employers pay attention to, is something you should be concerned about if you are looking for a job. Well that’s the percentage of hiring managers who told Jobvite.com that they will review a job seeker’s social profiles before making a final hiring decision. That’s a pretty impressive number. Nothing should surprise us there, as that number has been increasing steadily over the last five years.
In addition to this list of social media mistakes, you should know that “55% of those employers have reconsidered a candidate based on what they find, with most (61%) of those double-takes being negative.”
Like many other career and HR professionals, I have written extensively on how recruiters are using social media research to evaluate job candidates. I have also shared tips and advice to clean up social media to make it more employer friendly. However, I felt it was worth repeating these ways that you could kill your job search with social media mistakes.
Here are the percentages of hiring managers who have a negative response to social media posts with this type of information.
Profanity – 63%
Spelling/Grammar – 66%
Illegal drug references – 83%
Sexual posts – 70%
Guns – 51%
Alcohol – 44%
Check out other articles on our blog on social media use in your career.