Expert: Future Employers Inspect Candidates’ SNS

The next time you post something on Facebook, be extra careful.

In the recently concluded 2015 Cebu Information and Communications Technology-Business Process Management (ICT-BPM) Conference and Expo, Accenture Vice-President for Analytics and Digital Operations Varun Bhatia warned that 93% of recruiters actually review candidates’ social profiles before hiring them. Recruiters specifically inspect LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

“Social media has become a transparent platform through which employers recruit and retain talent with its power to capture employee issues and attrition causes resulting to better employee engagement,” added Bhatia.

One’s digital profile could literally win or lose a job.

Figures show that 55% of recruiters reconsider a candidate’s application based on his social profile. More than half of such reconsiderations are negative. Profanity and bad grammar are the worst pet peeves for recruiters while volunteering and charity work are highly regarded.

Cebuano talent

Apart from the impact of social media to modern talent acquisition and management, the conference also highlighted the many strengths of the ICT-BPM sector. Top of the list is the country’s young, educated, English-speaking population.

“Filipinos are curious and incredibly resourceful,” exclaimed serial entrepreneur Hugh Mason, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JFDI Asia.

Cebu has held the Top 8 spot in the annual Tholons’ 100 Global Outsourcing Destinations survey for three consecutive years since 2013.

 IT-BPM Sector Today

Currently, the Philippine ICT-BPM industry is worth an unprecedented $18.9 billion with over one million employees- making it the second most powerful driver of the economy next to remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). 

Eighty percent of the ICT-BPM workforce is based in the National Capital Region (NCR), particularly Metro Manila. Meanwhile, professionals from the Central Visayas Region, mainly Cebu, hold 10% of the jobs.

Contact centers remain to be the largest employers, followed by back office and healthcare.

BDO Unibank Senior Vice-President Frederico Rafael Ocampo reported that an improving Philippine economy contributes significantly to the ICT-BPM sector.

Ocampo noted that the Philippine Stock Exchange is up 9.8% in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). Consequently, foreign investors continue to come in with $1.1 billion in net inflow for 1Q15, the 3rd highest among emerging markets in Asia.

Government Initiatives

The Department of Science and Technology Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) reaffirmed its strong support of the ICT-BM industry through various projects set to advance growth.

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According to DOST-ICTO Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim, the pilot testing for the Free Wi-Fi Project already begun in Bohol and Leyte, and will eventually be rolled out in Cebu. The project aims to provide 105,000 concurrent users with 256kps of free internet connectivity, with primary focus on low income Class 3, 4, 5, and 6 municipalities in the countryside.

Furthermore, it has partnered with the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and created the Philippine Digital Strategy Roadmap 2016.

DOST-ICTO also extends support to the startup community through its seedPh Bootcamp and Philippine Startup Challenge for college students, among others.