If you've heard that job recruiters are checking out potential hires online in favor of relying on old-school resumes, know that it's not an urban legend. In fact, according to JobVite's 2014 Social Recruiting Survey, 93 percent of recruiters will review a prospect's social profile before making a hiring decision. Even more eye opening is that 55 percent of recruiters said that something they discovered online caused them to reconsider hiring someone.
On the other hand, branding yourself online can be the quickest route to your next job opportunity (see: Signs You're Stuck in Your Career). Consider this: 73 percent of recruiters in the JobVite survey say they have hired a candidate through social media, and it's not only via LinkedIn. While 94 percent do use the career networking site to search for candidates, keep tabs on prospective hires, and vet applicants pre-interview, 66 percent of recruiters do the same on Facebook, and 52 percent use Twitter.
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