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Trouble getting a job? Your Facebook profile could be to blame

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 9:36am

More than 90 percent of employers in the United States are using social media to find and screen workers. That's according to a recent Jobvite survey, which monitors companies' uses of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other sites. A recent sampling of 1,000 businesses showed an overwhelming majority use online and mobile sites for at least part of their employee searches.

We found the staff at Career Adventures, a Shreveport employment agency, in the middle of a meeting, where they were talking about how to maximize their use of social media. "I think we have to stay up with trends and make sure that all our media are up-to-date, we're doing the right things, so we can reach the right people," said Vice President and General Manager Randy Miller.

Like many other agencies, Career Adventures uses social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to find and screen potential employees for their customers. We asked them what advice they'd give to Ark-La-Tex residents on the job hunt. "Definitely watch the pictures, watch the language. Anything that you probably wouldn't want your boss to see, you probably shouldn't be posting on Facebook," said April Heaberlin.

According to Jobvite, LinkedIn is the number one online source employers turn to for hiring decisions. Facebook comes in second, with Twitter ranking third.

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