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President Carmona warns UWI Graduates about Social Media Screening

During his acceptance speech of a Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) from The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, His Excellency, President Anthony Carmona told the graduates in attendance to be mindful of what you post online. He went on to say that employers are now browsing social media websites to gain a greater insight into your personal habits. 

Your future employer will go into that growing wasteland, social media, to see if you are an active participant of what should not be done, and brilliance and Honours Degree will fail against that background.”

President Carmona could be no further from the truth as this is a growing trend among employers. The social screening does not stop there as universities, both local and international, have also taken up this tactic when screening students for enrollment. Laws are actually passed in the US allowing third-party companies to begin compiling social media reports for companies in order to screen potential hires. 

So how are companies screening? Employers begin by selecting the top or most popular social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Here are some stats from such screenings:


POSITIVE     Negative  
18% of employers found content on social sites that influenced them to hire a candidate  
35% of employers found content on social sites that caused them to NOT hire a candidate
50% A good feel for the candidate’s personality   53% Provocative / inappropriate photographs or information
39% Truth about candidate’s professional qualifications   44% Content about them drinking alcohol or using drugs
38% Creativity   35% Bad-mouthing about previous employers, co-workers etc
35% Solid communication skills   29% Poor communication skills
33% Well-rounded   26% Discriminatory comments
19% Good references from others about the candidate   24% Lies about qualification
15% Awards and accolades received by the candidate   20% Confidential information about candidate’s previous job


View President’s Carmona Graduation Speech here



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