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Graduates should be prepared for on-line network checks

Published: Monday, 20 August 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates and other job-seekers are increasingly having their credentials checked out by potential employers via social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), more and more firms looking for candidates with specialist skills are turning to the popular websites.

Recent research by the REC suggest that a staggering 86 per cent of employers think that students should be careful about what they write on their personal areas - because it could harm their job prospects.

Explaining the value of social networking to firms, Anne Fairweather at the REC, said: "There are lots of graduates on there and that is where people are getting quite interested, just in terms of checking out profiles and how they choose to advertise themselves"

As a word of caution she added: "You should always be careful of how you present yourself to the external world."ADNFCR-1068-ID-18251683-ADNFCR

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