Social networking effect on job applicants

There has been a lot written about how what is found online about a person can affect their job prospects.  Employers often check out a prospective employee's online reputation.  And people are reminded that what they post online, such as on Facebook, will be looked at by potential employers.  Baseline put together a brief slide show to summarize a CareerBuilder survey that questioned employers on how online information affected their hiring decisions.  The results are interesting.

Some highlights:

1/2 used social networking sites to research candidates

34% found content that made them pass on a candidate, such as inappropriate photos or information, content about drinking or drugs, or bad-mouthing former employers, co-workers or clients.

On the positive side, 18 % found content that caused them to hire someone.