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Graduate job hunters urged to watch their internet footprint
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
People hunting for a graduate job are being advised to keep a keen check on their so-called 'internet footprint', as more employers use wider web capabilities to assess potential candidates.
A new survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the UK's recruitment industry body, questioned almost 300 recruitment consultants to find out their opinions on how new internet techniques have affected the country's job market.
More than three-quarters of respondents to the survey (76 per cent) warned that graduate job hunters should be careful about what content they put up in a blog or on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, in case a potential employer sees this. Shockingly, 71 per cent of those consultants polled admitted that an employer had been put off taking a candidate through the next stage of the recruitment process by something they had seen in the 'other interests' sections of such sites.
"As more employers take interview shortcuts and rely on internet searches to filter out unsuitable candidates, it's vital that job seekers take their internet footprint seriously and keep in mind that it could affect their job prospects," commented Tom Hadley, the REC's director of external affairs.
"Before posting any personal details on the internet, candidates need to think twice about how an employer might perceive them," added Mr Hadley.
The survey did find, however, that word-of-mouth still plays a massive part in the recruitment process, with 75 per cent of the consultants stating that an employer had been put off a candidate by reports about a person received from a previous colleague or associate.