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Who’s creeping on your social feeds? If you’re actively looking for a new job, it could easily be anyone from hiring managers, recruiters, and future bosses. To guard against them and other unwanted looky-loos, 82% have some sort of privacy settings activated on their social media accounts, according to a survey of 2,007 Americans by screening company JDP. That’s good since 84% admit to posting content that could endanger a current or future job opportunity.
The vast majority (84%) regularly believe that social media regularly impacts hiring decisions. And they’d like their potential or current employers to back off:
- 50% don’t think employers should be allowed to look for candidates’ social media
- 40% have made an alias account
- 43% have privacy settings to avoid employers or coworkers
The platforms that people want to hide the most are Facebook (45%), Twitter (35%), Reddit (33%), Instagram (28%), and their personal website or blog (27%.)
Nearly half (46%) have searched the web to see what showed up online about them and made changes to their social media settings accordingly.
What are users trying to keep private? The vast majority say it’s their personal life (70%), followed by unprofessional behavior (56%), and then their political views (44%.)
Sorry, Sally: being “friends” with coworkers is now seen as just too risky, or too much of an invasion of privacy. One in three people will not connect with coworkers on social media, even after accepting a job.
Scrub-a-dub: Half (50%) have removed old profiles or posts to protest their professional reputation, and 66% said they’re most likely to do this on Facebook.
With employees on to future employers in the social-media spying game, it seems like employers might want to give up in digging up potential employee’s information via social media. After all, it’s a game of diminishing returns as employees get more advanced in learning how to conceal and remove any potentially damaging information.