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60% Employers Use Social Media to Screen Job Candidates

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If you’ve ever found yourself accidentally checking out a job candidate’s wedding photo album on Facebook, cringing at a candidate’s Instagram quote, or following along with a candidate’s live-Tweeting of their run-in with Ryan Gosling at the grocery store – when all you initially meant to do was get a peek into their personalities and qualifications – you’re far from alone: Today, not only do the majority of employers go on social media to check up on candidates, but the number of those who do has increased 500 percent over the last decade.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual social media recruitment survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals and more than 3,000 full-time U.S. workers, 60 percent of employers revealed they use social networking sites to research job candidates. This is up significantly from 52 percent last year, 22 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006, when the survey was first conducted. Additionally, 59 percent of hiring managers use search engines to research candidates – compared to 51 percent last year.

SOURCE: thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com

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During Nathan’s early career, he gained considerable experience from across many industries including Sales, Teaching and Retail, however more recently Nathan has delved into the world Digital Marketing and Publishing. Drawing on his past experiences, Nathan brings all aspects of his knowledge into Recruitment Buzz, possessing great research and social media skills.

Born and bred in Wales, Nathan is as Welsh as they come – living in the heart of the Valleys, Nathan proudly takes place as our resident Welsh speaker. However, Nathan’s knowledge of global understanding exceeds the Welsh borders, having lived in London, parts of the US and Ecuador.

Nathan is a self-proclaimed geek, having gained a degree in Natural Science via the Open University in Wales. In addition to his passion for science, he has a love for technology, nature, art and of course football!

 

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