1 in 10 Young People Rejected For a Job Because of Their Social Profile

Sarah Evans Owner, FAVES + CO. / Sevans Strategy

Posted on May 31st 2013

1 in 10 Young People Rejected For a Job Because of Their Social Profile

What’s considered “young?” Anyone who falls in the age range of 16 to 34. <wipes brow> New research from ondevice  showed that one in 10 people surveyed have been rejected for a job because of their social media presence. And, the majority (two-thirds) are not concerned that their use may harm future career prospects.



The Young People’s Consumer Confidence (YPCC) Indexsurveyed 6,000 16 to 34 year olds across six countries and major findings showed that:

  • Young people are more likely to have altered their social media profile to look good to their friends, as opposed to prospective employers.
  • Around the world, almost 300 million young adults, aged 15 to 24, are not working or studying (one quarter of the world’s population).
  • Young people in developed markets have a very positive outlook for future economic growth in their country.
  • 88% of young people in developing countries believe they will get a higher education qualification than their parents.
  • 65% of young adults in America and 91% in China 

Here’s a breakdown of what social networks young adults are using around the world:


SOURCE: ondevice

You can view the entire report, here.


Sarah Evans

Owner, FAVES + CO. / Sevans Strategy

Sarah is the owner of Sevans Strategy a new media consultancy and founder of digital lifestyle media outlet FAVES + CO. It’s her personal mission—to engage and employ the use of emerging technologies in all communication—that connects her with a rapidly growing base of more than 120,000 people. A self-described “social media freak,” Sarah initiated and moderates #journchat, the weekly live chat between PR professionals, journalists and bloggers on the microblogging platform, Twitter. She shares her social media and tech favorites on Sarah's Faves (sarahsfav.es) as well as a daily resource for PR professionals called Commentz. Sarah previously worked with a local crisis center to raise more than $161,000 via social media and is a team member of the Guiness Book World Record holding #beatcancer. She can be seen in the February 2010 edition of Vanity Fair's America's Tweethearts, Forbes' 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter and Entrepreneur's Top 10 Hot Startups of 2010.

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Posted on May 31st 2013 at 8:04AM

Interesting article Sarah and the fact that young people are more likely to alter their profiles to appeal to friends rathe than employees is interesting.  My question however is the reliability of the data.  I really can't imagine many employers being up front and saying to an applicant "We really liked you, but because of your social media activities we decided not to hire you". I can't imagine that applicants are routinely given this reason for being unsuccessful, though of course I may be wrong!

Certainly interesting, but not sure on how robust the data is :)