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HR Downplays Facebook

Q I've been on Facebook for two years and every relative or friend, or friend of a friend I ever knew gets on my wall and rambles on about whatever they're doing. I worry that now that I'm looking seriously for a job the potential employers will read that nonsense and think I'm too goofy to work for them. Is it possible?

Ans. Fortunately, you can relax a bit. While your social media contact may figure into some impressions, most HR professionals rarely factor a job candidate's social media activity in final hiring decisions. That was shown in a new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). While nearly seven in 10 cited legal risks, nearly one-half (48 percent) of human resource professionals said they are not able to verify with confidence information from an applicant's social networking activity.
Nearly one-half (45 percent) of human resource professionals also noted that information about job candidates taken from these sites many not be relevant to their work-related potential or performance. Additionally, the number of human resource professionals citing these top-three concerns increased between 2008 and 2011.

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