For better or for worse (depending on how you see the world) the internet and social media have forever changed our world.
That includes how hiring managers go about choosing whom to reach out to for a job interview.
According to the survey, a majority of hiring managers use social media as one of several criteria to determine if a certain candidate will be contacted for an interview.
As I stated in a post a while back, I believed that a candidate’s social media profile should not be a factor in determining if he or she is going to be contacted to schedule an interview. This comes with two caveats:
- That any grief or issues that one has with a current or former employer is not shared on social media.
- That when job searching, one’s social media has the highest security settings possible.
I understand the reason that a hiring manager may use social media, but for the most part, I disagree with the idea. When a hiring manager is making a decision on who to extend a job offer to, one’s resume and interview should be all that is needed to make the final decision.
What I do on my time, on my equipment is my business. What I do at work on my company’s equipment is their business. As long as I come in on time and do the job I was hired to do, that is what should matter. What should not matter is the content of my Facebook or twitter accounts.