… social currency will only increase in utility and sophistication as technology evolves and adapts. According to job search firm CareerBuilder, 70 percent of employers screen their candidates’ social media presence before making a hiring decision. Avoiding social media altogether isn’t a wise decision either — 57 percent stated they were less likely to hire a candidate if they had no social media presence at all.
That’s fascinating. Some students still find it offensive when their professors check them on the Internet though they seem to know it is currently done in their professional field and they do clean up their plate and slate before entering this professional field. No presence at all being a negative asset though is debatable and it sounds like keeping Asians out of top universities because they do not have enough social activities in their daily life. At the same time, it is important to know if a future employee or already employed employees are using social networks, for example, to promote their jobs, companies, or to criticize them. But wouldn’t it be better for employers to constructively and positively check if the future employees are able to use social communication on the Internet, such as emailing, searching the web, collecting information and knowledge, integrating this knowledge in their daily work, etc. Someone who has no social presence on the Internet may be a very good Boolean data-miner and knowledge integrator.