15% of job seekers now land a job through social media

By Macy Bayern

Nearly 15% of job seekers today use social media to find their next job, according to a Clutch survey released on Wednesday. Depending on the industry, employers focus on different social media platforms when recruiting, the survey found. For example, more creative or visual industries typically look to Instagram, while more traditional enterprises stick to LinkedIn.

This is at odds with how people have previously considered the relationship between social media and the hiring process. Usually, what comes to mind for job seekers is having to monitor what they put online, with good reason: Some 70% of employers screen candidates’ social media accounts, and more than half of employers (54%) choose not to hire candidates based on things they find on social media pages, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

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