TREND.Facts: July 4

TRENDAFRiCA July 4, 2013

Only 13% of individuals had modified their social media privacy settings in an effort to distance potential employers. It seems that it is more important to be active on social media than careful about what your outside-the-office pastimes reveal about you, latest research by Hiring Bounty has revealed.

“We are constantly bombarded with articles that warn us of the dangers of having a tarnished online presence – particularly when hunting for a job. We are cautioned against uploading photos that reveal us at our drunken best, and are told to guard carefully against what we say on Twitter. While this type of activity definitely may hinder a job seeker, it seems that the majority of respondents were more concerned with being regarded as social media savvy,”  says Greg Schneider, managing director of Hiring Bounty.

40% considered it important to be active on social media in case potential employers might seek them out online. 35% admitted that their social media activity/ presence had assisted them in finding a job in the past, compared to just 2% who have been prevented from securing a job as a result of their online activity.

Source: Hiring Bounty

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