Title
Predictors of job seekers' self-disclosure on social mediaPredictors of job seekers' self-disclosure on social media
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Research group
Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Elmsford, N.Y.,
Subject
Psychology
Economics
Mass communications
Computer. Automation
Source (journal)
Computers in human behavior. - Elmsford, N.Y.
Volume/pages
53(2015), p. 1-12
ISSN
0747-5632
ISI
000361921100001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Social media-based screening is a well-known practice to both recruiters and job seekers. Little is known, however, about how job seekers present themselves on social media, i.e. self-disclosure, for employment purposes. This study builds on the theories of hyperpersonal computer-mediated communication, self-efficacy and social exchange to examine job seekers professional online image concerns, social media self-efficacy, and perceptions of social media effectiveness in the job search as predictors of inappropriate and career-oriented self-disclosures on these media. Findings from a sample of 3374 Italian respondents showed that career-oriented self-disclosure was predicted by all three factors, whereas inappropriate self-disclosure was only predicted by social media self-efficacy. Furthermore, the relationship between professional online image concerns and inappropriate self-disclosure was moderated by age, education and work experience, but not by gender. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.
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