Do employers check Facebook?

Social networking sites like Facebook have caught many off guard with respect to how they can impact a career. Social networking sites can be used to help your career, but they can also throw up some unexpected roadblocks.

According to recent research, 45 percent of employers are now using sites like Facebook and Twitter to help screen out potential trouble employees. What are they looking for? In short, anything that might impact them negatively. From indications that you’ve been busy trash talking former (or current) employers, to signs that you may indulge in potentially disastrous activities like recreational drug use.

Tip: If you have a Facebook page, consider the ramifications your online activities and the information you put out about yourself could have for your career.

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