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Your Facebook Page Might Help Or Hurt Your Chances At A New Job

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Yes, it is YOUR page, but what you say on it could cost you a job. According to Forbes, Reppler commissioned a new survey of 300 employers to see how they use social networking like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. to determine the fate of a potential employee.

69% said they rejected a candidate because of their social networking. Of those, their reasons for rejection…

  • 13% – Lied about their qualifications.
  • 11% – Posted inappropriate photos.
  • 11% – Posted inappropriate comments.
  • 11% – Posted negative comments about previous employer.
  • 11% – Demonstrated poor communication skills.
  • 10% – Posted comments about personal drug use.
  • 10% – Made discriminatory comments.
  • 9% – Posted comments about personal alcohol use.
  • 7% – Shared confidential information from previous employer.

On the other hand, almost the same number of employers (68%) said they hired people because of their social networking. Their reasons for hiring…

  • 39% – Gave a positive impression of their personality and organizational fit.
  • 36% – Profile verified their qualifications.
  • 36% – Profile showed the candidate was creative.
  • 34% – Candidate had good references posted by others.
  • 33% – Showed good communication skills.
  • 33% – Showed the candidate was well rounded.
  • 24% – Candidate received awards and accolades.

Looking at these stats, you have a choice. You can either set your profile to private, or take a second and think about the image you portray online and make changes where necessary. For anyone in college and above, I highly suggest doing the latter.

via Forbes

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