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Beware of skeletons in "Google" closet

14 May 2007

Beware of skeletons in "Google" closet In a world where the internet is king, recent graduates should be warned - just as everyone "googles" exes and enemies, now potential employers are googling you.

Recent research shows that employers are increasingly using search engines to find any skeletons in candidates' wardrobes.

A survey by executive search firm ExecuNet has found that 77 per cent of recruiters used search engines to check out applicants. Of these recruiters, over 35 per cent admitted rejected applicants based on what was revealed.

A student society called Bright Futures has now been set up to try and pre-empt this sort of career-damaging disaster. Employers can access students' online "wiki" profiles and learn about them that way instead.

Simon Reichwald, Bright Futures director, said: "Search engine screening has undoubtedly become a part of the recruitment process, but employers should be wary, as it can produce skewed or unreliable results.

"Bright Futures gives students the chance to redress the balance and provide a positive, yet accurate, picture of themselves."

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