No Facebook, No Job

by Julie Holmwood

Using Facebook proves you have social skills

This week I read an interesting article in the Daily Mail. Recent research suggests that people of a certain age group who don’t have a Facebook profile are not to be trusted.
The article says:

Facebook has become such a pervasive force

in modern society that increasing numbers of employers, and even some psychologists, believe people who aren't on social networking sites are 'suspicious.'
The German magazine Der Taggspiegel went so far as to point out that accused theatre shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik have common ground in their lack of Facebook profiles. reports that human resources departments are becoming more wary of young job candidates who don't use the site.

The common concern among bosses

is that a lack of Facebook could mean the applicant's account could be so full of red flags that it had to be deleted.
I know first hand that people like to ‘check you out’ via your online presence. In particular your Facebook profile.
It is generally accepted that people are their ‘real selves’ there. You are connected to your real-life friends and your family. You talk on your wall as you would in your living room.
Even though the conversation is really happening online. For all the world to see.
The company’s steps of employee search tend to be:
  1. Find you on LinkedIn
  2. Interview you in real-time
  3. Look at your Facebook page
  4. Make you a job offer
  5. Take up references or invoke background screening.
So the question is, would they discount you at step 3 if you didn’t have a Facebook profile?
Interesting… what are your thoughts?
InterviewAuthor of 'Get That Interview' and 'Clickst@rt Your Career' Julie is The Job Seeker's Guide. She works with thousands of clients through her audio and web-based programmes, helping them get 'job search fit' and successfully navigate their way into that new role
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Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients recruit exceptionally well-matched people, who were passionate about doing a job well done. Julie is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry

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