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Avoid Social Media if you are looking for a job

Avoid Social Media if you are looking for a job

Headhunters and employers check you out on social media

International companies and headhunters research a candidate’s social media activity, according to the third annual study into the senior executive market by InterExec&reg, which assists both executives and headhunters globally in the &pound150k to &pound1m salary bracket.

The survey showed that 68% of international headhunters review a candidate’s social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, 89% say their corporate clients also check their potential recruits’ profile.

The majority of headhunters (59%) think candidates should prevent their families from posting personal information about them on social media sites.

However, headhunters are much more positive about business media sites, with 77% saying it is important that a candidate has a strong professional presence, for instance on LinkedIn.

Kit Scott-Brown, founder of InterExec&reg, commented: “Social media is a double-edged sword and while professional sites, such as LinkedIn, are important, the opposite is often true of personal social media. Viewed out of context, what is often an innocent family moment or boisterous act with friends can be seen as potentially lacking in judgement by recruiters, especially at senior level.”

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