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If you are Muslim and use facebook and are applying for job, you may be overlooked by potential employers because of your Islamic faith.

A new study by Carnegie Mellon University found that 10-30% of American companies use social media to check on you during the hiring process.  The study also suggests that candidates who are obviously Muslim on their Facebook profile are less likely to get called for an interview, especially in more conservative parts of the U.S.  The Wall Street Journal Reports that in conservative states, Christian applicants got call backs 17% of the time, compared with about 2% for Muslims.  Christian candidates had their biggest advantage in 10 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The researchers also made professional profiles for the fake applicants on LinkedIn.  However, the those profiles did not seem to impact decision as did the Facebook profiles.  The report also suggests that employers were not as prejudiced by an applicant's Facebook profile regarding sexual orientation.

Although U.S. federal and local laws prohibit companies from discriminating based on religious beliefs or sexual orientation, this new research is raising awareness about the consequences of social media as it directly impacts people lives.

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