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Most Employers Screening Candidates Online

SOCIAL NETWORKING—UK

January 19, 2010

According to a new report, 53 percent of all UK employers review the public profiles of job candidates before making a hire, and 20 percent say they have rejected candidates based on what they have found, PC Advisor reports. The study, conducted by CareerBuilder, found that both social networking sites and popular search engines are commonly used to evaluate a job candidate; and of the organizations not using them, 12 percent said they plan to in the future. The study also found that 28 percent of companies surveyed said that they had fired an employee because of negative information about the company or a coworker posted to a social networking site.
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