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Graduate job hunters warned over online profile

Published: Friday, 29 January 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Graduates hoping to secure employment have been warned over their online profile, after it was revealed that almost half of HR managers have chosen not to hire a candidate as a result of a negative online profile.

Some 41 per cent of UK HR managers polled by Microsoft have rejected a candidate due to their online profile, while 64 per cent believe it is appropriate to deem personal online reputational information while weighing up possible employees.

Despite this stark warning, just 37 per cent of job hunters believe that the responsibility for protecting their online reputation lies solely with them.

Cliff Evans, head of privacy and security at Microsoft UK, said: "Ignoring your online reputation is no longer an option.

"Reputation and information sharing as a privacy issue should be a major concern for individuals, particularly in a challenging economic environment where jobs are scarce."

Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook do have security settings that make status updates visible only to the users' friends to avoid potential embarrassment with recruiters.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19588077-ADNFCR

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