Most job-seekers are probably aware that having a good online presence can help them secure a job offer or two, and a new infographic goes even further to outline how job hunters can create, enhance and protect their online reputations.
The infographic published by ExecuNet on Visual.ly reveals that the number of recruiters who are conducting Google searches on executive candidates has increased in five years, from 75pc in 2005 to 90pc in 2010.
The number of senior-level candidate rejections due to ‘digital dirt’ have also risen: from 26pc in 2005 to 50pc in 2001.
What exactly constitutes ‘digital dirt’ that could jeopardise a job search? The infographic lists 16 items. For example, a criminal record, educational degree misrepresented, and pictures on Facebook involving drugs, alcohol or nudity.
Employing a social media site’s privacy controls can keep non-work related content private, the infographic suggests, and job-seekers are also advised to build an online portfolio, as 82pc of corporate and search firm recruiters reported a candidate’s job prospects improve when positive information is found online.