• Monday, November 02nd, 2009

According to recent research from Careerbuilder, prospective hiring managers often research candidates online using major social media websites such as LinkedIn (75%), Facebook (45%), and now Twitter (28%).

What do hiring managers look for?

LinkedIn

On LinkedIn, hiring managers look for professional background, recommendations, connections, and group interests. They learn about the professional background of the candidate that could help them make a decision on the job seeker.

Facebook

Facebook survey

77% of job seekers and 45% of hiring managers are on Facebook. Hiring managers try to look for their job seekers’ personal background to learn about the type of person he/she is. If they see a lot of drunk pictures, they may worry about them showing up to work on time or missing work. If they see posts regarding current employers, they will see how this person could potentially represent the company.

I am often asked about the ability of people to view Facebook profiles without them being friends. The answer is basically privacy settings. By default, Facebook may allow random people to view a lot of information if they are within your network, or if you allow “everyone” to find you and see your basic and private information. So, make sure you review your privacy settings!

Twitter

If a Facebook profile doesn’t show a lot, twitter would be a good alternative. The hiring manager could learn about the current events of the person they are researching and their interests.

So, what should you do? Consider the following:

Linkedin:

Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is keyword rich and represents your professional background.

Join relevant groups.

Ask for recommendations.

Recommend your colleagues.

Facebook

Edit your privacy settings to hide pictures, personal information, and other sensitive information that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with a prospective employer.

Edit your picture privacy settings so that “friends of friends” don’t see your pictures, of people within your network don’t. (That is relevant if your new employer, or current employer, is friends with some of your friends.)

Join groups of interest.

Become a Fan of businesses of interest.

Don’t bash your current employer.

Twitter

Remember that anyone can follow you on Twitter, so tweet the news that would not be seen offensive by a future or current employer.

Feel free to share your experience with the expanding social media networks and your job search.

Add me to your LinkedIn Network!

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4 Responses

  1. 1
    CHAABAN 

    Nice post !!

    it kind of continues what I’ve posted recently !

    Don’t Let Your Social Networking Page Ruin a New Job Opportunity :

    http://www.chaaban.info/2009/10/29/social-networking-ruin-new-job-opportunity/

    Social Networking Sites May Hurt Your Job Search

    http://www.chaaban.info/2009/11/02/social-networking-sites-may-hurt-your-job-search/

  2. 2
    Rayan Kaissi 

    Similar Issue on the News:

  3. 3
    Kate 

    Technology can be scary LOL

  4. 4
    Worker 

    Greatings, Interesting article!

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