More students accept that potential employers will check their online profiles when seeking employment, according to new research from The University of Law.
Fifty-three per cent of students think that employers should have the right to check online profiles when you apply for jobs compared to just 41% when the same poll was conducted 18 months ago. The poll was run by the Future Lawyers Network, a news and community website run by The University of Law.
Rachel Harris, Director of Employability at The University of Law comments: “Students are starting to wake up to the fact that just as a candidate might go online to check out an interviewer before an interview - they may well be doing the same to you. As with any online activity, students should err on the side of caution, and assume that anything they put online in the public domain may be seen by potential employers.
“More and more law firms are now also increasingly embracing social media as a communications channel and most legal services firms now have their own online profiles. Using social media tools can really help to highlight your achievements; but on the flip side of the coin you don’t want a potential employer to be put off by something you posted in jest.”
Recent research carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies** looked at how and why HR professionals and employers use social media when recruiting staff. It found that 45% of HR decision-makers were already using social media tools in recruitment and 16% were planning to in the future. It also found that social media tools are often used to search for potential candidates online and for 'screening' candidates by viewing their social media profiles.
* The surveys are based on online opinion polls run by The University of Law’s Future Lawyers Network. In March 2012, 135 students took part in the survey and in October 2013 the survey was completed by 138 students.
** Institute for Employment Studies paper ‘The use of social media in the recruitment process paper’
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