If you don’t have a professional online presence you might miss out on the dream job you’re seeking. Many employers discriminate against job-seekers that they can’t find online, and many of them are using social media for recruiting. These are some of the latest findings from CareerBuilder.
The company recently commissioned a national survey of more than 2,000 full-time, U.S. hiring and human resources managers across industries and company sizes.
Of the hiring professionals polled, 35% said they are less likely to interview job candidates if they can’t find information about that person online.
That number will probably grow: 52% of employers now use social networking sites to research job candidates. That’s up from 43% in 2014 and 39% in 2013.
So, if you don’t already have a Linkedin account, it’s time to open one.
You might also want to Google your name before putting your resume out, since more than half of hiring managers use search engines to research candidates. If your Facebook wall is full of pictures of you goofing around on Spring Break, it could make a bad impression on a potential employer.
In other words, you may want to make some changes re-think your personal content strategy if you’re entering (or re-entering) the job market.