A survey by Reppler and Lab42 (I received a warning “can’t confirm that connection is secure” when I tried to connect to lab42.com site so I didn’t link … but it did cause me to ponder) conducted a “random study of 300 individuals involved in the hiring process of their company” — Nonetheless that study indicates:
91% Use social networking sites to screen candidates
47% Indicate they turn to social networking sites use upon receipt of application
68% Hired a candidate because (I presume in part) of what that saw about a candidate on a social networking site
69% Rejected a candidate because of what that saw about a candidate on a social networking site
The most likely site hiring managers turn to is Facebook (76%) followed by Twitter (53%) and Linkedin (48%).
Just last weekend I was told by a friend that her employer does not permit Facebook accounts by their employees. Have you ever heard anything like that?