Third of recruiters admit to ‘stalking’ potential workers

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Whether you’re a freelancer, contractor or ‘permie’, if you’re applying for a new job or contract it’s vital that you’re careful about what you post on social media, as latest data shows one in three recruiters are ‘stalking’ you online.

The latest CV-Library report surveyed 1,100 UK workers and over 200 recruitment professionals about social media and the impact it has on employment.

According to the findings, as many as 65.7% of candidates do expect to be ‘looked up’ online, however, despite this just 29.5% admit that their social media profiles aren’t on a private setting with 78.1% believing that recruiters would make a judgement on them based on what they post on social media.

Interestingly, nearly 70% of recruiters said that they are very much influenced by what they find online.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “Many employers and recruiters will use social media during their hiring process and it’s clear that they are influenced by what they see online. However, if you’re using social media as a screening tool, it’s important that you aren’t letting this cost you great candidates.

“Today’s professionals are becoming more aware of what they’re posting and the effect this can have on their job prospects. As such, you may not be getting an accurate impression of who your candidate is through social media alone. Screening calls and face-to-face interviews are still the best way to build a true picture of your candidate.”

The survey also looked at the subject of posting photos online. Interestingly, 61.2% of recruiters believe that selfies are unacceptable for using on professional profiles – 60.6% of professionals agreed with this, however, this figure came down to 55.6% with the 25-34-year-olds surveyed.

He added, “The selfie craze has taken off in recent years, but it’s clear that these should not be used for professional purposes. While these pictures might not be incriminating in any way, there are certain negative connotations that come with ‘selfies’. That said it’s positive to see that candidates are recognising the need to remain professional and create a great impression – even online!”

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