The lack of skilled IT workers is hurting the deployment of emerging technology, according to a new survey from Gartner. In areas from cloud to cybersecurity, this crisis is expected to last for years to come.
According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and about 43 percent of employers use social media to check on current employees.
Managers look at social media accounts for an array of reasons, but many employers want to make sure a candidate will be a good fit with their company.
"Because we tend to view our personal social media accounts as being 'personal,' there's a good chance that by viewing someone's profile, you'll get a glimpse into their personality beyond the resume," said DeeAnn Sims, founder of SPBX.
While the fear of something embarrassing or negative being discovered might tempt some job candidates to completely erase their online persona, employers say that strategy can backfire.
About half of employers, 47 percent said they wouldn't call a person for an interview if they can't find them online. More than a quarter of employers say it's because they like to gather more information before calling a candidate, and 20 percent say it's because they expect candidates to have an online presence.
"Whether it's intentional or not, this [not having a profile] always feels like you have something to hide," said Sims. "Either you've specifically taken steps to make sure you can't be found, or you're using a childish byname neither of which feels very professional."
Despite what job candidates might think, most employers aren't scouring the internet looking for reasons not to hire them. Most employers are looking for reasons to hire someone.
The CareerBuilder study found that according to employers who use social networking sites to research potential job candidates;
Having their social media pages investigated has paid off for many job seekers. Specifically, 37 percent of hiring managers said they found information supporting the candidate's professional qualifications, and 33 percent were impressed with their professional image. Additionally, 34 percent thought a candidate displayed excellent creativity.
While they might not be searching for anything negative, more than half of those surveyed (57 percent) said they have found something during their social screenings that led them to not hire someone. According to the survey, these are the leading types of posts and behavior that left employers with a bad impression:
On the other hand, those that found content that led them to hire a candidate said it was because they saw:
Professionals shouldn't ease up on ensuring their online presence is a positive one once they land a job. The study found that 48 percent of employers use social networking sites to research current employees. Of those, 34 percent have found content that caused them to discipline or even fire an employee.
The study was based on surveys of more than 1,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across a variety of industries and company sizes in the private sector.