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Graduate jobs should watch social network profiles, says GRB

Published: Monday, 30 March 2009   Category: Career Advice

The Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) has said that those looking for graduate jobs should watch what they put on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Dan Hawes, co-founder of the GRB, said that because of the public nature of sites which provide social networking profiles, graduates should be aware that what they put on there can be seen by everyone unless security measures are taken.

However, he also admitted that the information on those sites is generally harmless and that recruiters should not bother looking at it when measuring up graduate employability.

Mr Hawes said: "[Graduates] should bear in mind about all of it because it's all public, it depends what settings they put on there, if their friends can see it or if it's open. If just friends can see it then they can do what they like, but if it's a public profile they have to think twice about who might be looking at it. Just use it with caution."

Recent research by Development Dimensions International showed that employers were unsure of the worth of social networking sites in assessing possible candidates, with 12 per cent saying they would use them.

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