Wednesday 26 August 2009

Job hunting? Clean Up Your Digital Dirt

Let's talk about that Facebook profile picture of yours... the one of you collapsed on the pavement with a face full of kebab after a night consisting of one too many jars. Your friends and connections might have labeled it an 'EPIC WIN' numerous times over, but reports suggest that it could increasingly dent your chances of finding a new job.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, the largest US online job site, recommends that job hunters "clean up digital dirt" before begining their search for a new career opportunity, removing unsightly photos, provocative videos, and derogatory comments about others - especially previous employers.

In a survey of 2,667 hiring managers and human resource professionals for CareerBuilder, forty-five percent of the employers, said they used social networking sites to check on job candidates, up from just 22 percent in a similar survey conducted last year.

In addition, thirty-five percent of employees questioned revealed that they had decided not to consider a candidate after spotting off-putting aspects of their lifestyle or personality on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Sanitising your online profiles might knock your street cred, but could, on the other hand, benefit your career opportunities considerably.

Post by Andrew Macarthy

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