NEW YORK, November 7, 2007: According to a new survey released by Vault.com,
(www.Vault.com), 44% of employers use social networking web sites like MySpace and
Facebook to examine the profiles of job candidates, and 39% have looked up the profile
of a current employee.
Vault’s Social Networking Web Site Survey was conducted in October and consists of
700 responses from employers and employees representing various industries across the
One employer says he looks at these sites, “on occasion, seeking to both corroborate
experience and to see if I can learn a bit more about the person.”
Profiles that reveal questionable behavior or attitudes can be harmful to job seekers. Of
employers, 82% say that something they perceive as negative on a profile would affect
their decision to hire the applicant.
Most employees (75%) are aware that potential employers may look up their profiles, and
28% think that something on their profiles might be a turn off to future bosses. This
explains why 57% of employees take security measures, such as using the web site’s
privacy controls or editing their profiles when in the midst of a job search.
According to one employee, “Although I have nothing to hide, I'd rather some employers
not see what personal messages my friends have written me.”
Vault is the leading media company focused on careers. Vault offers over 120 nationally
distributed books, from the best-sellingVault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms to the
Vault Guide to Schmoozing. Vault is celebrated for its online resource, www.vault.com,
which includes surveys and “insider” information on more than 4,500 employers, 4,000
colleges and universities, and hundreds of industries and occupations, as well as the
much-praised Electronic WaterCooler™, the Internet’s first-ever network of message
boards for professionals with nearly 2,000,000 searchable posts. Vault was founded in
1996 by Hussam Hamadeh, Samer Hamadeh and Mark Oldman.
Contact: Melanie London
Phone: 212-366-4212 x.386