CareerBuilder’s most recent survey has interesting statistics on the number of employers who report that they currently use social-media sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to research potential job candidates. 22% reported that they used social media in the 2008 survey, which more than doubled this year, up to 45%. An additional 11% reported that they planned to start using social media as a background check tool. That would push the number far past the half-way mark.
Here’s a quick visual.
Last year . . .
And, this year. . .
I think that the increase is inevitable–employers will continue to utilize these sites for their recruiting and hiring processes more and more as more and more HR and recruiting professionals become accustomed to using the sites.
Want more? Here are some earlier posts on the topic of social media in the workplace: