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I tell people this all the time. Check that resumé and even more importantly… your social media sites. via:


A picture of you drinking a beer.

A potentially inappropriate comment you posted on your friend’s wall.

A phony profile of you that your friend set up years ago as a practical joke.

Can things like these really damage your candidacy when you’re searching for employment?


In fact:

  • Nearly half (47 percent) of recruiters use social media to screen applicants before they even talk to them.
  • A 2014 CareerBuilder study shows that 45 percent of employers use search engines like Google – not just social media profiles – to research potential job candidates.
  • The same study indicates that 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social media passed on a candidate because of content they found online, up from 34 percent in 2012.

SEE: Top Five Best Jobs in America!

What are recruiters finding that’s causing them to eliminate candidates from consideration? Here are a few of the most common culprits:

  • Provocative or inappropriate photographs
  • Information about drinking or drug use
  • Bad-mouthing co-workers or employers
  • Discriminatory comments related to a protected class
  • Lying about job qualifications

Here’s the simple truth: Your online reputation greatly impacts your viability as a job candidate.

Check these tips from Exact Staff to clean up your “digital footprint” – and help you get the gig here~~>

SEE: Detroit Jobs

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