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Seventy percent of employers now use social networking sites to research job candidates, and another 7% plan to start, according to a recent Careerbuilder/Harris Poll survey of 1012 U.S. hiring and HR managers. 66% also use search engines to investigate potential candidates. Those stats aren’t surprising. In the digital world, what’s on social media can recommend or disqualify an applicant.

Here are the key indicators that cause employers to hire or reject candidates:

Social Media hiring and firing

48 percent of survey respondents indicated that they continue to check employees’ social media presence after they’re hired. A third of employers have discovered content online that resulted in an employee reprimand or dismissal.


Press Release: More than Half of Employers Have Found Content on Social Media that Caused them to Not Hire a Candidate, Careerbuilder, 8/9/18.

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