According to the research, a huge 91% of employers use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to screen candidates. A further:
- 13% rejected a candidate because they lied about their qualifications
- 11% rejected a candidate because they posted inappropriate comments
- The same amount rejected a candidate because they posted inappropriate photos, with another 11% rejecting applicants because of posting negative comments about a previous employer
- 10% were rejected for posting content about them using drugs, while 9% were rejected for posting content about them drinking
Olivia Piepe, from AllAboutCareers.com told HuffPost UK: "Social media is an incredibly useful tool in a jobseeker’s armoury. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be used to create valuable links with potential employers, join in conversations, develop your knowledge, get industry insights, develop your commercial awareness and even find out about live job opportunities.
Michael Sprague, who co-founded "scrambls", which allows Twitter and Facebook users to customiser and control who sees their tweets, told The Huffington Post UK: "While I wouldn’t encourage young people to be intentionally disruptive or irresponsible on their social media channels, services such as scrambls allow them to ensure that inside jokes and comments remain in their friendship or family circle and out the hands of prospective employers.