Telstra provided no information on the survey, the sample size or how it was conducted.
Telstra's officer of internet trust & safety, Darren Kane, said: "According to the findings some of the biggest Cyber CV faux pas candidates make include posting inappropriate pictures (31 percent of employers say this counts against applicants) and posting discriminatory comments (37 percent).
Telstra's research also found 18 percent of responding employers use social networking connections to make sure employees are not posting derogatory comments about themselves or the company and 15 percent do so to keep an eye on employee productivity. One in five employers proactively 'friend' their staff on Facebook.
Telstra found Facebook to be the biggest social network screener with 41 percent of employers who screen applicants via social media saying they check out Facebook pages, followed by LinkedIn profiles (31 percent) and Twitter feeds (14 percent).