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One in Three Recruiters Admit to ‘Stalking’ Potential Employees Online


With a third (30.8%) of recruiters admitting that they ‘stalk’ potential candidates on social media, professionals need to be savvy about what they post online. Despite this, over one in four (29.5%) confess that their social media profiles aren’t set to private. That’s according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site.

The study of 1,100 UK workers and over 200 recruitment professionals explored attitudes towards social media and the effect it has on professionals’ employability. The survey found that two-thirds (65.7%) of candidates expect to be ‘Googled’ by potential employers and recruiters, with 73.4% stating they are more careful about what they post online. Other key findings include:

Over three quarters (78.1%) of professionals believe that recruiters would judge them based on what they post on their social media profiles
What’s more, over two thirds (69.3%) of recruiters confirmed that they are influenced by what they find online
And despite many professionals already being cautious, 63.6% said they are more careful about what they share when they’re actively job hunting.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments:

“Many employers and recruiters will use social media during their hiring process and it’s clear that they are influenced by what they see online. However, if you’re using social media as a screening tool, it’s important that you aren’t letting this cost you great candidates.

“Today’s professionals are becoming more aware of what they’re posting and the effect this can have on their job prospects. As such, you may not be getting an accurate impression of who your candidate is through social media alone. Screening calls and face-to-face interviews are still the best way to build a true picture of your candidate.”

Furthermore, the survey sought to find out how both sides felt about posting photos online. Two thirds (61.2%) of recruiters said that they believe selfies are not acceptable for use on professional profiles. Interestingly, 60.6% of professionals also agreed that these types of photos look unprofessional, though this figure dropped to 55.6% amongst those aged 25-34.

Biggins concludes:

“The selfie craze has taken off in recent years, but it’s clear that these should not be used for professional purposes. While these pictures might not be incriminating in any way, there are certain negative connotations that come with ‘selfies’. That said it’s positive to see that candidates are recognising the need to remain professional and create a great impression – even online!”

For more information on how social media can help and hinder your recruitment process, download CV-Library’s latest whitepaper on hiring in the digital age.


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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