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Monday, 28 November 2011 17:36

12 percent of employers reject applicants after reviewing Facebook profiles

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According to Telstra, research it has conducted suggests that around 12 percent of employers have rejected job applicants based on what they have found on the applicant's Facebook or Twitter postings.

Telstra says that more than a quarter of Australian employers are now using social networking sites to screen job candidates, and almost half of these employers admitting to turning away prospects based on something they have seen on Facebook or Twitter. On a more positive note over a third of Australian employers who screen social profiles have hired prospects based on positive things they have seen, Telstra says.

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).

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