In study after study, we’ve seen that digital natives are much more comfortable with social media networking than those in older age groups and that Millennials have become “tethered” to the devices providing them with 24/7 virtual connectivity.
Meanwhile, other research has shown that employers are increasingly turning to social media when determining whether or not to hire a specific applicant.
So, here’s the question:
Could these two trends be heading towards a “social media cliff,” of sorts, a combination of factors with the potential to seriously backfire on tech-savvy young people?
The answer is unequivocally “yes,” according to a new study conducted by AVG Technologies.
As younger generations use social networks to share and bare more and more about themselves, employers are mining those same networks for background information on job applicants, leaving many young job seekers at risk of unwittingly disqualifying themselves from choice positions.
The study canvassed 230 human resource professionals in the U.S. and United Kingdom, as well as 4,400 adults aged 18-25. The research showed that companies are becoming increasingly adept at tracking down background information regarding prospective employees online, while at the same time, an incredibly large percentage of young adults are demonstrating a complete lack of judgment when it comes to managing their online reputations. The result? Social media posts are costing young career seekers access to jobs they might otherwise be qualified for.
Take a look at these findings: