Employers Use Social Media Profiles to Screen Candidates

Recent studies show that having a social media presence is as important as having a resume

Getting a job can be hard sometimes and experts are currently saying that having a social media presence is as important as having a well written resume. A new study by CareerBuilder says that 57% of employers are less likely to interview a candidate that they can’t find online.

The president of Ascent Career and Life Strategies, Don Strankowski says that the most important social media site that one should have is LinkedIn.

“Every employer at some point throughout the interview process is going to be looking at a candidate’s LinkedIn profile. it needs to be complete. It needs to be professional and it needs to be up to date.”

Another recommended social media profile to have is Twitter, according to Strankowski.

“It’s not just for rock stars and movie stars and politicos. People can bundle and package themselves as experts even on twitter by offering tips, advice, recommendations and also by following other experts.”

In addition to this, posts are just as important as owning a social media account. More than half of employers took the decision not to hire a candidate after taking a closer look at their social media profile.

Strankowski strongly suggests posting about profession. He says that it is best not to comment on any controversial topics or post about it. “If you’re going through the interview process you never know how someone might interpret that.”

As a conclusion, even after obtaining a job, one should still be careful about what they post. Employers may still fire someone if they do not like what they find online.