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Friday 30 March 2012

'Be very careful' when creating online profiles

People applying for jobs need to take care to ensure any social media profiles that are visible to the public and potential employers are up to date and reputable, it has been advised.

Philip Calvert, professional social media speaker at IFALife.com, said that "pretty much everything" that goes on to the internet nowadays is very visible.

Therefore, whenever candidates are using social media, they should bear in mind who might see what is posted online and how they conduct themselves.

"Anybody who is looking for a role these days really needs to make sure that their social media profiles reflect them properly, particularly when they use LinkedIn. It is a no-brainer for anybody looking for a role, particularly in white-collar work, to have a quality LinkedIn profile," he explained.

Most employers will attempt to find out information about an applicant before meeting them face to face and so thought and consideration must be put into any profile, Mr Calvert noted.

His comments followed the publication of a report by Robert Half, which showed that the vast majority of human resource directors believe that social media platforms are ineffective as a recruitment tool and will not replace established means of finding new staff, such as recruitment agencies.

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Original: Salespeak News

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