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New Year, New Job! Maybe….

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It’s the beginning of the New Year, which means it’s time to reevaluate some aspects of your life, and one of those may be your job. If you’re looking for a new job this New Year, I have some (almost scary) stats for you to help you land that job!

If you have been fired or disciplined, because of something you have posted on social media, then you are part of the 34% in the work force in the same boat.

It’s becoming more common for human resources to check social media when checking out a potential candidate for a job. In fact, 70% of HR managers said checking people’s social media is part of their hiring process.  And 57% have rejected someone because of something they found.

Here are the top reasons why a person’s social media might hinder them from landing the job….

1.  Inappropriate photos or videos.  40% have ruled someone out because of it.

2.  Posts about drinking or using drugs, 36%.

3.  Bigoted comments about race, gender, or religion, 31%.

4.  Something besides drugs that suggests criminal behavior, 30%.

5.  Something that shows you lied about your qualifications, 27%.

Don’t think that deleting your accounts fully will help your case though. 47% of hiring managers said you’re less likely to land an interview if they can’t find you online. However, don’t post too much either. 12% said they’ve rejected someone simply because they posted too much and seemed OBSESSED with social media.


via Career Builder

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