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January 15, 2010

Facebook now part of the job selection process?

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by Darren Allan

When you apply for a job, you can expect the usual rigmarole. The employer poring over your CV, calling you for an interview, and contacting former employers for references.

And perhaps sending you on a team-building test where you have to cross a lake by constructing a raft from empty cereal packets.

But something you might not be aware of is companies are now looking at social networking profiles to glean information on potential employees.

According to, over half (53%) of employers research potential candidates on sites like Facebook.

So that massive rant against your last boss, or those naked pictures of you on that stag/hen do in Amsterdam, might well prevent you from landing a position.

Indeed, 40% of employers say they have discovered something online which made them decide not to take a person on. The moral of the story is: Be careful what you put on the web.

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