I found an interesting study on CareerBuilder about how social media posting affect a managers decision to hire a prospective employee. According to CareerBuilder 43% of manager decided not to hire a job candidate  because of something the found on a social media profile, and 39% of companies use social networking sites to research social networking sites to research job candidates. Here are more of their findings.

 

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Things That Make A Job Candidate Unattractive On A Social Media Site

Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info – 50%
There was info about candidate drinking or using drugs – 48%
Candidate bad mouthed previous employer – 33%
Candidate had poor communication skills – 30%
Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc. – 28%
Candidate lied about qualifications – 24%

Things That Make A Job Candidate Attractive On A Social Media Site

Candidate conveyed a professional image – 57%
Got a good feel for candidate's personality – 50%
Candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests – 50%
Candidate's background information supported professional qualifications – 49%
Candidate was creative – 46%
Great communication skills – 43%
Other people posted great references about the candidate – 38%