According to a 2009 survey by CareerBuilder.com about 45% of employers reported using social networking sites to research job candidates. This is up from 22% in 2008 and presumably, to date, this number is even higher. 35% of employers reported that information they found on-line caused them to reject a candidate. Those are BIG numbers! When jobs are scarce and unemployment is high we should be doing all that we can to get hired, not to be rejected! Information found on these sites may be seen by an unintended audience and you may not have a chance to defend yourself. And it’s not gone just because you removed it. Be careful of how you use social networking. It has huge benefits but don’t discount the down-sides of misuse.