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Graduate employers 'should not use Facebook'

Published: Thursday, 24 September 2009   Category: Career Advice

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter should be no-go zones for employers wanting to check a graduate job candidate's qualities, according to one group.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has called for businesses to use more formal methods of getting to know their applicants after a survey found 70 per cent of university leavers do not want employers to visit their online profiles.

Conducted by TMP Worldwide, the report also showed that 73 per cent of graduate job hunters want employers to advertise positions through separate avenues, according to Personnel Today.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, told the newspaper: "Employers should use social networking sites to communicate, to raise awareness, and to get messages across but they shouldn't use them as a selection or pre-selection tool, especially out of the blue with no prior contact with the graduate."

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants member Imtiaz Ahmed recently told the Cambridge News that having a blog, a Facebook account and a Twitter account can help graduate job hunters build their online reputation.

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