Looking for a new job? You’re not alone.
A new study from Jobvite found that 69 percent of employed Americans are looking for or are open to taking a new job, up from 61 percent last year. Among the entire U.S. workforce—which includes the currently employed and the unemployed who are looking for work—the number of job-seekers jumps to 75 percent.
Those mulling a new gig should realize that the Internet is where many hiring managers do research about prospective candidates, and that today’s audacious Instagram or bawdy tweet could be tomorrow’s red flag for a potential boss.
A July Jobvite survey of recruiters ranked five types of content shared on social networks that created negative reactions among hiring managers:
References to doing illegal drugs—78 percent of recruiters reacted negatively.
Posts/tweets of a sexual nature—66 percent reacted negatively.
Profanity in posts/tweets—61 percent of recruiters reacted negatively.
Spelling/grammar errors in posts/tweets—54 percent reacted negatively.
Pictures of consumption of alcohol—47 percent reacted negatively.
References to membership in professional organizations and volunteering and donations to charity stirred the most positive reaction among recruiters.
Meanwhile, 23 percent of job-seekers said they’ve been asked for social media information during a job interview—a touchy topic that’s moved some states to enact laws preventing employers from requesting login info from job candidates.
Survey respondents indicate that social media is a key factor in finding a job, with 76 percent of job-seekers saying they’re using social media to find work. One in six respondents credited online networks for helping them land a job.
Nearly half (49 percent) of job-seekers have used Facebook for what the survey calls “career gain,” which includes making a professional contact, finding a job opportunity through a contact, and asking a contact for help in the job search.
Just 38 percent use LinkedIn for career gain—a surprise because recruiters refer most to this social network, according to the July Jobvite survey.
Despite its recent dip below 8 percent (a four-year low), the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high in the U.S.—not to mention that 61 percent of job-seekers say finding a job has gotten harder in the past year.
The September survey included 2,108 American adults, of which 1,266 were part of the workforce.