It’s been reported that professionals in the process of recruiting don’t just turn to LinkedIn.No, they also research – ahem, stalk – unsuspecting candidates on Facebook, Google and Twitter. And be warned, this practice is particularly common in the tech sector, more so than finance and legal industries. “The dangers of having inappropriate photos or posts on social media are well-known – whether these impart the wrong impression or cause damage to reputation,” cautioned Ruth Jacobs, MD of recruiter Randstad Technologies. “As well as taking care of their physical impression, prospective candidates now also have to take care of their online persona. However, having no social media presence is not a solution either.” With that in mind, it’s unsurprising that some British workers prefer to keep their social media accounts away from the prying eyes of colleagues. According to research from online reputation management company Igniyte, 35 per cent of employees across the UK would be willing to add some co-workers as Facebook friends – but certainly not managers. However, the study also highlighted that a seemingly private or distrusting 15 per cent of respondents wouldn’t accept any colleagues as their Facebook pals whatsoever. The travel, transport and leisure sector, meanwhile, harbours the most reluctant group of workers to welcome business into their personal world – 45 per cent said they wouldn’t accept managers on Facebook.
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