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Social networking warning to jobseekers

Published: Tuesday, 05 February 2008   Category: Sales and marketing

Employers are checking profiles posted by job applicants on social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook, it has emerged.

Job seekers should be wary that the internet is a public domain and that their profile could be just a few clicks away from a potential employer, said Andy Powell, director at Badenoch and Clark.

His comments come as a survey by job networking firm Viadeo found that two-thirds of recruiters said there decision to hire an employee was influenced by his or her profile on a networking website, Personnel Today reports.

A quarter of employers also said they have changed their decision and rejected a job application upon viewing the contents of an individual's activity online.

"Most people have many elements to their online presence, but they don't all necessarily show us in the best light. More employers are taking note of 'net reputation' so it is right to be a bit careful," Mr Powell said.

Facebook currently has 3.5 million UK users compared to rival MySpace's 10 million, reports the Times.

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