What employers look for when they check social media

Why 2 in 5 are screening candidates’ social media accounts

It's no secret - employers will Google you and check your social media footprint if they think you're an intriguing candidate.

That, we all know. But what exactly are they looking for? What is guaranteed to hurt your chances if found?

Go-Gulf.com has done the research and has some sobering statistics.

The No. 1 reason employers check social media: to evaluate a candidate's professionalism in terms of social conduct. Forty-three percent of employers surveyed said they found information online that affected their decision to not hire a candidate. To underscore: That's nearly half.

The top three reasons for not hiring a candidate based on information found online: a person posted inappropriate content; posted about drinking or using drugs; or bad-mouthed a previous employer.

Now, it's not all bad news when it comes to social media - you can use it to your advantage when trying to land a job. Nineteen percent of those surveyed say they found reasons to hire someone based on what they found on their profiles.

The Top 3:

57% Professional image

50% Good personality

50% Wide range of interests

Click below for more information on what employers are finding and where.


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