A while back we ran an article entitled Is It Safe To Put Pictures On The Internet, well, it seems we were right, and this is something you need to consider.
In the original article we discussed how safe it was to post questionable pictures of yourself on your social networking profiles, and we gave some real world examples of how not showing caution had backfired on some people.Â According to Computerworld, CareerBuilder.com recently conducted a survey of 31,000 employers and found that 22% of managers peruse social networking profiles prior to hiring, and another 9% are planning to do so.Â This is in contrast to only 11% doing the same back in 2006.
So what are the top things they are looking for that might get you in trouble?
- Information about alcohol or drug use (41% of managers said this was a top concern)
- Inappropriate photos or information posted on a candidate’s page (40%)
- Poor communication skills (29%)
- Badmouthing of former employers or fellow employees (28%)
- Inaccurate qualifications (27%)
- Unprofessional screen names (22%)
- Notes showing links to criminal behavior (21%)
- Confidential information about past employers (19%)
Not all of the news was bad as some managers said strong social networking profiles had convinced them to hire some candidates, but some had also been rejected based on the above criteria.
The moral of the story is simple in that if you insist on posting questionable content, make your profile private so only friends you approve can see it.Â If y our profile is public, make sure to scrub it clean, and leave it that way.