Job seekers, I know that you have probably already received endless advice on social media. You read articles on how to set up social media sites, how to create a personal brand, which sites you should be using, and what you should, and more importantly should not, be sharing on social media sites.
You’re told that potential employers are searching for you on social media sites and that it can make or break you landing an interview, so since we work in the recruiting space we decided to conduct our own survey. We reached out to our extensive network of hiring managers to find out how social media plays into the hiring process.
The purpose of the survey was to help to determine if hiring managers use social technologies to screen and qualify potential candidates after receiving a resume. The survey consisted on 3 multiple choice questions in no particular order and the answers were anonymous.
The first question asked if hiring managers prefer to connect with a person with or without a profile picture. And the answer was nearly split, 47% answered that they prefer to connect with people who have a profile picture and 53% answered that a profile picture did not matter.
The second question asked if hiring managers search social sites to find a candidate after receiving a resume. Those who answered yes (82%) outweighed those who answered no (18%).
The third and final question asked hiring managers which social media sites they use when looking up a potential candidate. There were four options listed which were LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google + (not to say these are the only sites uses). The majority of the responses (88%) said they used LinkedIn, 6% selected Facebook, 6% said Google + and 0 chose Twitter.
These findings were interesting and do not ultimately decide the weight social media plays into the entire interview process nor do they state that all hiring manager