Study: employers using social media to screen candidates hits all-time high

FILE - In this Monday, June 4, 2012, file photo, a girl looks at Facebook on her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. Most teenagers have taken a break from social media, according a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The breaks are both voluntary and involuntary, such as when a parent takes their phone away as punishment. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The number of employers using social media to screen candidates has hit an all-time high.

The latest Career-Builder study shows 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates and about 54 percent of those employers decided not to make a job offer based on online profiles.

In 2006 only 11 percent of employers used social media to screen candidates.

Also over a third of employees have been reprimanded or fired for inappropriate content.

The study also showed that employers are not just looking at social media. About 69 percent are using search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing to research candidates. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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