Over at Career Builder they have posted the results of a recent survey in which 45% of employers who responded stated that they check potential employees on social networking sites. What is also surprising is that some potential employees are not hired because of what they have posted on their web pages.

The article from Career Builder also states:

Job seekers are cautioned to be mindful of the information they post online and how they communicate directly with employers. Thirty-five percent of employers reported they have found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire the candidate. The top examples cited include:

Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information 53 percent
Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs 44 percent
Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients 35 percent
Candidate showed poor communication skills 29 percent
Candidate made discriminatory comments 26 percent
Candidate lied about qualifications 24 percent
Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer 20 percent

Fourteen percent of employers have disregarded a candidate because the candidate sent a message using an emoticon such as a smiley face, while 16 percent dismissed a candidate for using text language such as GR8 (great) in an e-mail or job application.

In this time when our unemployment rate is high, when job seekers are competing in a limited job market, potential employees should be careful what they post online. It could come back to bit you in the butt.

Comments welcome.