Last Updated Sep 15, 2008 1:48 PM EDT
- The Find: If you're a professional looking for that extra little impetus to clean up your social networking profile, look no further than recent findings that one-in-five hiring managers check out potential hires on Facebook and the like.
- The Source: A recent survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com.
- In 2006, 11 percent of hiring managers checked up on a potential hire's online life, now twice as many do and a further 9 percent are planning to start.
- Of the 22 percent now examining sites like Facebook, one third said they had found something online that caused them to dismiss a previously promising candidate from consideration.
- On the other hand, 24 percent said that they had "found content that helped to solidify their decision to hire the candidate" online.
- Make sure to remove pictures, content and links that can send the wrong message to a potential employer
- Update your profile regularly including specific accomplishments, inside and outside of work
- Monitor comments: since you can't control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the "block comments" feature.
- Join groups selectively
- No amount of scrubbing will polish your online image? Consider setting your profile to "private"
The Question: What impression would a hiring manager get from your social networking profile(s)?