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New CareerBuilder Study Reveals Nine Lessons For Job Seekers And Recruiters That May Surprise You

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- What can be a deal breaker for landing a new job or finding the right candidate?  What do employers expect from candidates and vice versa?  A new study from CareerBuilder answers these questions and more, providing unique insights for both job candidates and the employers who want to hire them.

The survey, which included 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers, was conducted online within the U.S. and Canada by Inavero on behalf of CareerBuilder and completed in July 2013.

"There can sometimes be a disconnect between what employers and job seekers expect in the hiring process," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.  "Our study evaluates how different perceptions and behaviors have evolved among these two groups, and what can help or hinder the recruitment and job search experience." 

Lessons for Job Seekers

Be ready to speak with the top brass.  Prepare for every job interview as if you'll be speaking with the CEO or other senior leader, because that may very well be the reality for some workers.  

  • 38 percent of employers reported that job candidates are required to interview with a C-level executive within their organization (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.).

Make sure your online persona is free of digital dirt.  A significant number of employers will use the Internet to discover additional information about a job candidate. 

  • 48 percent of employers will use Google or other search engines to research candidates.
  • 44 percent will research the candidate on Facebook.
  • 27 percent will monitor the candidate's activity on Twitter.
  • 23 percent will review the candidate's posts or comments on Yelp.com, Glassdoor.com or other rating sites.

Some of the search activity happens before candidates are even called for a job interview.

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