Study: How Job Seekers Curate Their Social Presence

Are you the same person on social media as you are at work? For many people, the answer is no. According to our latest study, 43 percent enable privacy settings to keep material hidden from current employers and future social media screenings, and one in five admit to posting material that could jeopardize a current or future opportunity.

What are people hiding, and how far will they go to protect their professional reputations? We surveyed 2,007 Americans to find out.

Almost half of respondents (46 percent) say they’ve plugged their names into a search engine and further concealed their social media presence based on what they found. Facebook was home to the most incriminating material.

Adjusting your social media presence isn’t always about hiding. When it comes to curating a professional reputation on social media, 25 percent actively present themselves to attract employers by liking, posting, or following industry-relevant material.

Methodology: Between July 11 and 12, 2019, we surveyed 2,007 Americans about their social media habits and how job hunting impacts them. Respondents’ ages ranged between 18 and 88, with an average age of 36.

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