A recent survey by Oil and Gas People of HR and hiring professionals showed that 64% of them had rejected a prospective employee’s application after viewing their social media profiles.
The results show that it cuts both ways for applicants – recruiters feel it 1) gives them better access to candidates and 2) gives them a better feel if the applicant is the right fit.
In short, social media can open doors, but your behavior on it can slam them shut.
Also, in short, when you don’t get a job, don’t blame social media.
We’ve all heard the blame gamers pointing fingers directly at Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets for every ill in society.
In a previous generation, it was rap music at the root of all evil; now social networks are at fault.
Except they aren’t.
All of the platforms allow for unprecedented interaction — open for the world to see.
So many sports commentators have talked about how social media is “nothing but trouble” for athletes. But much like job-seekers, it’s only trouble for people who use it stupidly.
Do you really think Anthony Weiner started being a creep when Twitter came around?
Sure, social platforms have lowered major barriers to ineptitude, but someone being an idiot online is most likely an idiot in real life.
…which brings us home to why recruiters look at online behavior in the job application process.
If you live by the credo “don’t hate the player, hate the game,” realize that the recruiters are the players and if they rejected you because of your social media habits, you just got played.