With 37 percent of employers using social media to screen job candidates, it is becoming increasingly important for students in an MBA program to clean up their pages, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder*.
The survey found 34 percent of hiring managers who research job candidates on social media said some of the results from their search have stopped hiring managers from pursuing certain employees.
"Because social media is a dominant form of communication today, you can certainly learn a lot about a person by viewing their public, online personas," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.
The survey found 65 percent of employers who screen candidates through social media research do so to see if they present themselves professionally, while 51 percent check to help determine whether or not the person will fit in a company's culture.
If employers are looking at the social media pages of potential candidates, it is important from them to make their pages presentable to employers. U.S. News & World Report** provided a list of ways to keep a clean online rep, which includes job candidates searching for themselves online to see what they find, building a personal website and learning about search engine optimization.