Social media could cost you your dream job

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Big Brother may or may not be watching you, but there is an increasing likelihood that prospective employers are — at least when it comes to your social media persona.

With graduation season upon us, many former students are posting their grad party exploits, much to the amusement of their friends on Facebook and other platforms. Many are also demonstrating their social media prowess with political rants, complaints about bosses or intimate Instagrams.

But these posts can have serious ramifications for job searches once the parties are over and it’s time to pound the pavement.

According to a survey of more than 2,300 hiring managers conducted for CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between Feb. 6 and March 19, 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, up significantly from 60 percent last year and 11 percent in 2006. Some 3 out of 10 actually have someone dedicated to the task.

Employers aren’t just looking at social media — 69 percent are using online search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing to research candidates as well, compared to 59 percent last year.

“Most workers have some sort of online presence today and more than half of employers won’t hire those without one,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder.

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