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10 Things You Need To Know About Social Media for Your Job Search


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Career tips based on results from Vault's 2010 Social Media Survey

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10 Things You Need To Know About Social Media for Your Job Search

  1. 1.<br />10 Things You Need to Know About Social Media for Your Job Search<br />
  2. 2. Employers Say They Don’t Care What You Do Online …<br />93% of employers claim they haven’t rejected a candidate based on their social media presence<br />“What people do outside of work is their own business,” says one employer. <br />
  3. 3. … But They Are Looking<br />More than a third of recruiters view candidates’ social media profiles during the recruitment process<br /> 28% admit to “spot checks” on candidates<br />Q: What role do social media profiles play in the recruitment process? <br />
  4. 4. …And Here’s What They’re Doing<br />74% of employers on LinkedIn use it to source candidates<br />“LinkedIn has proven to be our most used social media venue for recruiting candidates,” says one employer. <br />
  5. 5. Job Seekers Should Be Careful<br />86% of employers think candidates should take at least one action to make their profiles more employer-friendly<br />Read on for the top actions they recommend<br />
  6. 6. Hide Your Pictures …<br />60% of recruiters think candidates should take steps to hide personal pictures.<br />Only 51% of candidates do.<br />AP Photo/Jeff Chiu<br />
  7. 7. … But Don’t Remove Them<br />Only one-third of recruiters think candidates need to go as far as removing or de-tagging pictures<br />AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz<br />
  8. 8. Keep Your Beliefs To Yourself<br />36% of employers think candidates should omit political and/or religious views from profiles<br />AP Photo/Matt Dunham<br />
  9. 9. Police Your Wall<br />56% of employers believe you should delete objectionable wall posts—even if you didn’t write them.<br />51% think you should make your wall private altogether. <br />AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy<br />
  10. 10. Use LinkedIn For Your Job Search<br />74% of recruiters are actively using LinkedIn to source new employees.<br /> “The lack of photos of people puking or wearing dumb costumes at some Really Great Party helps keep the professionalism up,” says one candidate. <br />
  11. 11. Check the Policy When You Find a Job<br />48% of employers had a social media policy in 2010, up from 36% in 2009.<br />A further 27% have a policy in the works.<br /> AP Photo/Keith Srakocic<br />
  12. 12. About The Survey<br />All stats and quotes are from Vault’s 2010 Social Media Survey.<br />Approximately 150 companies and 3,500 job seekers in a variety of industries took the survey.<br />For more information, contact Brian Dalton:<br /><br />