91% of Employers Are Creeping Your Facebook Profile [Infographic]

Better get your privacy settings (or your public face) in check, Geeks. Turns out potential employers are using Facebook as an applicant screening tool more often than previously expected. The going rate for Facebook profile checking is about 76% of employers of the 91% of employers who do social media screens, which means pretty much anyone you’re going to try to work for.

About 48% of those same 91% of employers check your LinkedIn profile, by comparison, but if you’re posting inappropriate content there we can all assume you’re not really looking for a job.

So what do these results really tell us?  From our perspective, there are three key takeaways:

  1. Whether you like it or not, hirers are using social networks to screen job applicants.  This means it is important to carefully manage your image on these types of sites.
  2. Facebook and Twitter are being used a lot to screen job applicants.  On Facebook and Twitter, we believe hirers are trying to get a more personal view of a candidate, rather than the resume-like view they will see on LinkedIn.
  3. Hirers are looking at the social networking profiles of candidates very early in the process.  This means that job seekers need to have their online act in order before they begin looking for a job.


8 Responses to 91% of Employers Are Creeping Your Facebook Profile [Infographic]

  1. What I am wondering is how these companies are finding the candidate's Facebook pages in the first place, especially for the early application phase before they even know what you look like. If you search my name on Facebook you end up with 41 results(6 if I specify city) and I would imagine most people's names would produce similar results. So how do they find the correct one, are applicants really stupid enough to provide the info on their applications or is there some pay service through FB that allows them to search by non public info?

    • When you apply to a job you tell them your name, address, e-mail, education and everything else they ask for; they know a lot more than just your name and can probably easily find people.

    • You give them an email, right?
      All they have to do is plug that email into Facebook's profile bar and they will go straight to your public profile (provided that you have anything visible in your public profile, and that the email you provided your employer is listed on your Facebook)

  2. So that's why all my co-workers act strange around me. It's a sad fact perhaps. Recently I got into an online debate over legalizing alcohol sales in convenience stores in Ontario. I commented using my facebook profile which has my real first and last name. It didn't occur to me until later that some of my friends, family and co-workers might read what I wrote. I believe what I said either way, but why the extra pressure to keep my mouth shut when people that matter to me are in the audience? Forget it, I think what I think and it shouldn't matter what my employer or anyone else thinks, if I'm right, I'm right.

    Already my employer has a bad impression of me because I stood of for my individual rights and challenged them on a payroll issue. I went as far as the Labour Relations Board and the Employment Standards Act. I was advised by co-workers to "let it go" and "don't make waves" and by my employer to "refrain from discussing the issue" lest I "injure my reputation". In the end, after many meetings on the subject by different managers, it was determined that a real error had been made and that the company owed me and several other employees a few days of vacation time. It turned out to be a company wide accounting error that affected anyone who requested vacation time during a statutory holiday; they simply lost their vacation time without pay.

    Ever since then I've heard comments like "You always make a big deal out of things" and "You are a difficult employee" from my immediate superior. Meanwhile I possibly saved the company a lot of legal fees in the future, and in the extreme a class action suit. Plus it wasn't just the low-level employees getting ripped off by the error, it was everyone, including my immediate superior. So while everyone might think its a bad idea to stand up for your rights in the work-place, because you will tarnish your self-image and sabotage your own career. I really just don't care, I did what was right. And I feel sorry for all those people who are too afraid to stick up for what's right.

  3. What about the people who act different at work then they do with their friends? Me, for example. I'm the most polite and sweetest person an employer could ever have working for them, but with my friends I curse like crazy and tend to bitch. I would never start a fight at my job, but looking at some of my comments an employer might think I'm a ticking time-bomb. All my friends know that when I say I wanna shank the really rude kid sitting in front of me that I don't really wanna shank him, he just upset me. I don't want to have to step on egg shells with my statuses everytime I send out an application.
    Is setting my profile to friends only enough?

  4. Pro-tip. Use two emails – one for personal (<what_ever_you_feel_like>@<email domain>) and one for professional (i.e <last name.first name>@<email domain>, or if you really want to get fancy, you'll register a web domain for your name, make that a website with resume – minus more personal info – and about you that you also run email through).
    Use your personal email just for personal things, like your personal facebook and other accounts (which only have friends), and use your professional only for professional accounts (linkedin, a Facebook just for Co-Workers and employers, etc.)
    Or you can just get a Google+

  5. I'm not on Facebook or any of the top three mentioned media sites, so now I'm wondering if that decreases my chances of getting a job, because I'm not as "transparent" as others.

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