Employers Are Turning to the Internet Instead of Relying on Resumes

Resumes seem almost old-fashioned in the world today. Even more, a Career Builder Survey revealed that 58% of employers have found a lie on a resume. For this reason, and many others, employers of today are relying much less on the traditional resume and much more on what is said on the world wide web.

In the “old days,” it was easy for applicants to fluff up their resume to make themselves look great. The only way an interviewer could learn about the applicant is through the resume and the interview. This means the applicant had absolute control over what the interviewer knew about them. This is no longer the case.

There are several ways employers can find out about an applicant via the internet. According to Parade, Google is becoming a popular tool. The employer simply has to search the applicant’s name and poof, pretty much all the information they need to know is right there. Google can also lead employers right to the applicant’s social media pages.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, in 2017, 70% of employers in America used social media to screen a candidate before hiring, and that’s up from 60% in 2016. That survey also revealed the reasons employers were turned off by candidates. Provocative or inappropriate photos were at 39%, information about drinking was 38%, and discriminatory comments about race, gender, or religion was at 32%.

Parade tells us that the number of United States employers screening potential hires on social media this year is up to 91%. Also, more than 69% of employers have rejected applicants based on what they found. Even bad grammar or gross misspelling on social media profiles can hurt an applicant. Other things like indications of a lie on the resume, badmouthing of previous employers, signs of racism, indication of drug or alcohol use, or any other inappropriate content can stop an employer from hiring an applicant.

What can be done about this? This action is especially dangerous for the millennial generation, one of the biggest populations on social media. According to Parade, you just have to be careful about what you post. You can edit, fill in, expand, and add to what is currently on your social media pages. Having this knowledge and understanding it is the first step to making a change.

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