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1 in 5 hiring managers research applicants on social networking sites

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Many people use social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, etc. a lot but if you’re applying for a job you might want to take a close look at what you’ve posted to your profile.

According to a survey of 3,169 hiring managers done by CareerBuilder.com, 22 percent of them screen potential hires by looking at their social networking profiles, up from 11 percent in 2006.

Another 9 percent said that while they don’t currently use such sites to screen people they do plan to start.

Of those that do currently screen that way, 34 percent said that they found some content that made them drop a candidate from a short list.

Careful what you post–it can come back to haunt you.

[Via Reuters]

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