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Recruiter warns job seekers to use social networking wisely

 
Recruiter warns job seekers to use social networking wisely
 
On of the UK's leading technical recruitment firms Scantec Personnel is warning workers and job seekers to manage their online profiles with the utmost care.
 
Scantec Personnel specialises in technical, engineering, scientific and commercial sector recruitment.  Its managing director John Robinson said technical recruiters are now using social networking websites more than ever to both find candidates and then make checks on them.
 
Social networking sites such as Linked In are now becoming an excellent source for finding good candidates, he said. So it is absolutely vital workers and job seekers ensure that their profiles are as professional and as impressive as possible. Failure to properly present your social cv could damage your job hunting prospects. Social networking sites are enabling recruiters to access a much larger pool of talent, therefore the jobs market is becoming even more competitive.
 
But Mr Robinson said the internet is a double edged sword and warned job seekers that recruiters and employers will undertake internet audits on potential staff.
 
 I cannot stress enough to people that once they commit a picture or a comment to the internet it is there for all to see, he said. You may think its only your friends and family reading your Twitter comments or watching your You Tube video. But be in no doubt recruiters and employers are checking candidates online behaviour to assess their suitability and judgement. The message very much is: be as professional as possible with your social networking or it could come back to haunt you and undermine your career.
 
Mr Robinson pointed to a recent YouGov survey which revealed that a third of employers now use social networking to connect with potential recruits. The YouGov survey also revealed that half of employers believe that candidates that invest time in creating a professional online brand using the social sites are more likely to be hired. Linked in for example has around eight million professionals spread across the world logging on each day and provides employment history and contacts. This can be used to a job seekers advantage if they portray the right type of image.

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