Be careful about what you post online. Up to 76% of hiring managers review the social media posts of job applicants:
Hiring managers in information technology and sales are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; professional and business services were least likely.
IT: 76 percent
Sales: 65 percent
Health care: 59 percent
Retail: 59 percent
Manufacturing: 56 percent
Professional and business services: 55 percent
Having no online social media presence may be viewed as a negative by a hiring manager, especially for young job applicants.
Hiring managers suggest they are looking for issues related to the job position. About 40% say they check on the social media activities of those currently employed:
Forty-one percent of employers say they use social networking sites to research current employees, nearly a third (32 percent) use search engines to check up on current employees, and more than one in four (26 percent) have found content online that has caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.
There are ramifications in terms of how this impacts who can post online and how this gives some workers, whose speech has stronger protections, a louder and more influential voice on social media.