An increasing number of employers are using social
networking websites as part of their graduate recruitment
programmes, according to a new study.
Research by CareerBuilder.co.uk has found that 27 per cent of UK
employers either use the sites or are planning to use social
networking to find and screen candidates for graduate roles,
reports Online Recruitment.
The study also found that some respondents had not recruited some
graduate candidates due to content seen on social networking
Issues highlighted included provocative or inappropriate images,
references to drug use, lies about qualifications or candidates
seen bad-mouthing a previous company.
Tony Roy, managing director of CareerBuilder.co.uk, told the site
graduate candidates could use profiles "to better position
"Employers are not just using these sites to eliminate candidates,
many are also viewing these tools as a way to get a more
well-rounded view of a candidate," he added.
A recent study by reed.co.uk found that graduate candidates would
be willing to forego up to five per cent of their salary to ensure
job security for the next three years.
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