While doing research for a previous article entitled “Your privacy – can an employer ask for your Facebook login and password?” I came across plenty of articles and topics related to the subject. Recently, while I was still reviewing some material for a follow on segment I came across an article at www.Baselinemag.com that not only confirmed my suspicions, but also introduced additional statistics that are rather interesting.
My findings clearly show a growing pattern that searching for a job has changed in the digital age. Companies are using new tools to screen potential job candidates. While resumes and other traditional means remain standard, many companies want a more complete picture into your life, character and your past. The focus is no longer on your work history alone, instead companies want to see the complete you, professionally and personally. This means looking into your culture and probing your world views.
I would advise that it is now wise to make sure you’ve got your social media ducks in a row before you begin a job search. Companies are beginning to realize that their attraction and retention of top talent is what will help them to be successful.
Interestingly enough, the results listed below from Baselinemag’s last survey of 500 companies show some trending, both forwards and backwards. Here are the top findings:
95% of HR pros either review or plan to review candidate resumes, a percentage that has held steady since 2010.
90% of survey respondents either check or plan to check references, down from 93% in 2010
86% of HR execs either require or plan to require job candidates to undergo personality tests, up from 68% in 2010.
81% of survey participants either conduct or intend to conduct background checks of applicants, down from 92% in 2010.
78% of HR execs either screen or plan to screen candidates by phone, down from 86% in 2010.
76% of hirers either ask or expect to ask interviewees to take job-fitness tests, up from 62% in 2010.
69% of survey respondents either have or plan to have prospects complete culture-fit tests, up from 52% in 2010.
58% of employers surveyed either launch or expect to launch formal social media searches of prospects, up from 54% in 2010.
55% of HR pros either access or plan to access candidates’ “bio data” (life history, values and experiences), up from 36% in 2010.
41% of hirers either pursue or will pursue credit checks, down from 53% in 2010.
What becomes clearly apparent is that companies are more interested in how you will fit into their culture and interact with other employees and customers than your credit score or even a background check. Coupled with employers now asking for access to your social media accounts, a candidate really needs to make sure they are ready to start their job search. Perhaps in a future blog I should create a guide or checklist that a candidate can review before they begin their job search.
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