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Kelly's Resume/Career Quick Tip of the Week
HAZARDS OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOOTPRINT: The amount of companies that search social media accounts of applicants, depending on the survey, is somewhere well above 50% and up to 90% according to one recent paper. In addition to social media, many companies will google your name. What's more important is that they are passing on candidates, sometimes before interviews, based on what they find. In one recent survey by The Manifest, out of 505 companies polled, 79% admitted rejecting a candidate based on internet information. What are the looking for? This should be obvious; slamming past employers, lots of gun posts, extreme political content, drug and alcohol use, sexist or racial comments, trolling, even bad grammar is a consistent response. Almost daily I am shocked at what some people put on LinkedIn, which is supposed to be a professional site. Your social media profile can also boost your odds with great family, community and professional posts. If you are actively looking for a job, especially in a down market, make sure you know what your footprint looks like.
Many recruiters consider significant employment gaps on a job candidate’s resume to be a bad sign. While a consistent work history is associated with reliability and trustworthiness, periods of unemployment carry a negative stigma.
When it comes to finding that perfect candidate, I’m always looking for a “Win-Win Hiring” outcome. This means that both the hiring manager and the new hire both agree it was the right decision one year into the job. While defining hiring success with this outcome is a worthy goal, it requires some significant reengineering of your hiring process to achieve it on a consistent basis.