Older and Younger Job Seekers' Impression Management on LinkedIn

Krings, Franciska; Gioaba, Irina; Kaufmann, Michèle; Sczesny, Sabine; Zebrowitz, Leslie (2021). Older and Younger Job Seekers' Impression Management on LinkedIn. Journal of personnel psychology, 20(2), pp. 61-74. Hogrefe 10.1027/1866-5888/a000269

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The use of social networking sites such as LinkedIn in recruitment is ubiquitous. This practice may hold risks for older job seekers. Not having grown up using the internet and having learned how to use social media only in middle adulthood may render them less versed in online self-presentation than younger job seekers. Results of this research show some differences and many similarities between younger and older job seekers' impression management on their LinkedIn profiles. Nevertheless, independent of their impression management efforts, older job seekers received fewer job offers than younger job seekers. Only using a profile photo with a younger appearance reduced this bias. Implications for the role of job seeker age in online impression management and recruitment are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Sczesny, Sabine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1866-5888

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Gassmann-Suter

Date Deposited:

17 Jan 2022 10:15

Last Modified:

17 Jan 2022 10:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1027/1866-5888/a000269

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/162448

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/162448

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