July 26, 2012
-- There are millions of people on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter and more and more companies are using social media to target candidates. Glasgow Interactive wonder how many people have things on the internet about themselves that they wouldn’t want prospective companies to find.
According to the 2012 annual technology market survey from Eurocom Worldwide, “One in five tech executives say that a candidate’s social media profile has caused them not to hire that person.” Forbes.com reports that it is actually 89% of companies that are now using social media as part of their recruitment process. The tables have drastically turned, instead of a future employee working their way into a company, Glasgow Interactive notice that companies are now actively seeking out those that they want and need.
LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter have over 535 million combined users. That equals a lot of potential talent for companies. Are you on Facebook? How about Twitter and LinkedIn? If not, you might be hurting your job chances. As a social media search has become standard in most human resources departments, obviously, social media doesn’t guarantee you a job but it’s one more tool for those looking to get hired – and Glasgow Interactive believe that as social media use continues to increase, it’s becoming an important one.
With so many employers and recruiters having access to so many potential candidates, how do you stand out from the crowd?