According to a new survey, nearly half of U.S. employers research the online profiles of job candidates on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, or LinkedIn, AFT reports. Forty-five percent of the employers surveyed for CareerBuilder.com, the largest U.S. online job site, said they use social-networking sites to check on job candidates, up from just 22 percent in a survey conducted last year. Another 11 percent said they plan to start using social networking sites for screening. "As social networking grows increasingly pervasive, more employers are utilizing these sites to screen potential employees," CareerBuilder said, adding that job seekers should "be mindful of the information they post online." Thirty-five percent of those surveyed said they have found content on a social network that caused them not to hire a candidate, CareerBuilder said. Examples included "provocative or inappropriate photographs or information" or content about drinking or using drugs; badmouthing a previous employer, co-workers, or clients; poor communication skills; making discriminatory comments; lying about qualifications; or sharing confidential information from a previous employer. Information found on social-networking profiles was not always a negative factor in finding a job, however: 18 percent of employers said they have found content that caused them to hire the candidate, CareerBuilder said, such as material that demonstrated creativity or solid communication skills…

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