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'Use the internet' for graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 11 December 2009   Category: Career Advice

Former students struggling to find a graduate job in the current economic climate could make the most of the internet, one expert has advised.

Roy Murphy, co-author of Personal Reputation Management: Making the Internet Work for You, said that social networking sites, blogs and even Youtube can be used to boost graduate job prospects.

Writing for the Times, Mr Murphy recommended making personal conversations and images on Facebook private, perhaps setting up another "professional" profile for employers.

Doing an online search for yourself will also be useful for seeing what a recruiter might find when researching candidates and whether it is suitable, it was advised.

"Start a blog. This is crucial. It is free and quick to set up a basic blog and will help you to have a 'central' presence on the web. Your blog can act as your job hub," he added.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters recently told Personnel Today that employers should not be spying on potential candidates' social networking profiles when making a decision about who to take on.


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