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Potential employees concerned over Facebook profile

Filed under: CISSP — Jonathan on August 24, 2012

Social media has made such an impact upon today’s prospective employees that 70 per cent of people have expressed concern that their career could be affected by a Facebook profile that looks ‘unprofessional’. Those seeking positions in the IT sector, such as CISSP jobs or information security vacancies, should be particularly wary as firms in related industries will always be one step ahead of others when it comes to technology.

A large number of professionals de-tag themselves regularly from photographs as well as remove comments, just in case they are seen by potential employers. Sixty nine per cent of employees in fact believe this could have a negative effect on their career. Twenty one per cent of employees have no such worries that their Facebook profile will have any effect on opportunities in their career. Ten per cent say that they haven’t given it any thought.

The managing director of one UK recruitment firm says that prospective employees are right to be cautious as companies do look at such profiles when making hiring decisions. He told OnRec:

“Employers are increasingly looking at potential recruits’ profiles on social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, when hiring. Companies realise that these provide an opportunity to gain an insight into an individual’s personality outside of a professional context that they otherwise would not have access to.”

He continued to say that he would advise anyone who is not maintaining their social networking profiles with one eye on their professional image should do so. He pointed out that these profiles are representative of the person as a potential employee and they are not difficult to find through search engines.

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