The Socialization of the Job Search

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Saturday 30 January 2010 2:45 am

Over the last couple of years the social networking sphere has expanded online. Indeed it has become virtually all-invasive. One’s everyday life is autobiographically chronicled through Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter. This is done by virtually everyone these days because it is fun and interactive–but there are unintended consequences too. Employers are looking, more and more, to social networking websites for cues as to how individuals would conduct themselves as employees.

Four in ten HR managers have chosen not to hire a candidate based on information they have seen on a social networking site such as Facebook, according to research by Microsoft.

The survey of 1,000 HR professionals also highlighted that 64% think it is appropriate to search the web for information on potential employees.

This is a growing trend that is going to continue to grow. The personal reputation management industry can help, though.

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