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Want a job? Check the spelling on your Facebook profile

July 09, 2012|By Michelle Maltais
  • More recruiters are turning to social networks to find and hire talent, according to a new study.
More recruiters are turning to social networks to find and hire talent,… (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated…)

When it comes to looking for jobs, you better put your best Facebook forward. Recruiters are looking, and, frankly, they're not impressed with your poor grammar or posts about your latest unforgettable exploits.

A whopping 92% of U.S. companies say they are using social networks to find talent in 2012, according to a new survey.

In addition to checking your resume, nearly 3 out of 4 hiring managers and recruiters check candidates' social profiles -- 48% always do so, even if they are not provided.

LinkedIn still reigns supreme as the recruiting hot spot, but some serious recruiting also takes place on Facebook and Twitter, according to the poll by social recruiting platform Jobvite, which polled more than 1,000 human resources and recruitment professionals.

"The rise in social recruiting has allowed both candidates and employers an easier way to find the best match," said Dan Finnigan, president and CEO of Jobvite. "We continue to see social recruiting gain popularity because it is more efficient than the days of sifting through a haystack of resumes."

While the survey may be a bit self-serving -- Jobvite offers social media recruiting tools -- it does provide some insight that even when you're off the clock, you're probably being watched.

Two-thirds of recruiters are using Facebook and more than half are tackling Twitter for their talent search, the survey showed. Think about all the juicy stuff you post.

Sure, they say they aren't judging you on your politics or religion -- they really shouldn't be by law anyway --  but you better believe they're raising eyebrows at how you express yourself. Posted profanity got a 61% negative reaction, plus grammar and spelling mistakes got a 54% negative reaction.

Blasting that you've been boozing it up didn't play well either. Nearly half of the recruiters gave a shake of the head to posts on alcohol consumption.

Always best to remember, you are what you tweet.

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