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Think Before You Tweet or Post. Or Share

A 2017 Harris Poll survey for CareerBuilder found employers didn’t hire a candidate because they discovered the following on social media:

 

  • Posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 39%
  • Posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 38%
  • Posted discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion: 32%
  • Bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee: 30%
  • Lied about qualifications: 27%
  • Had poor communication skills: 27%
  • Was linked to criminal behavior: 26%
  • Shared confidential information from previous employers: 23%
  • Screen name was unprofessional: 22%
  • Lied about an absence: 17%
  • Posted too frequently: 17%

Reasons employers hired candidates because of their social media profiles:

  • Background information supported their professional qualifications: 38%
  • Great communication skills: 37%
  • Professional image: 36%

Creativity: 35%

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