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Keep your friends close, but your prospective employees closer | Facebook, LinkedIn Used for Screening

: Social media circles can reveal a lot about a candidate.

With the pervasive, worldwide adoption of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, job seekers know that the all-important first impression is potentially made well before the first interview. But just how many hiring managers browse social media profiles, and what types of information are they hunting?

More than a third of companies (37 percent) polled use social networking sites to research job candidates, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. Of the employers who do not research candidates on social media, 15 percent said their company prohibits the practice. Eleven percent reported they do not currently use social media to screen, but plan to start doing so. According to the report, employers are primarily using Facebook (65 percent) and LinkedIn (63 percent) to research candidates; 16 percent use Twitter.

In a 2009 study of employers who conduct online background checks, 45 percent said they used social media to screen job candidates…

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Read Mor @ Facebook, LinkedIn Used to Screen Prospective Hires: CareerBuilder – IT Management – News & Reviews – eWeek.com.

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