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Employers vetting candidates via social media

New research has found more than a quarter of local bosses are using social networking to screen job candidates.

The results of the Telstra Cyber-Safety research indicate that inappropriate social networking behaviour limits job opportunities.

According to Telstra officer of internet trust Darren Kane, employees need to consider their cyber behaviour over the silly season.

“Australians love the festive season and sharing their memories with friends and family via sites like Facebook.”

“This new Telstra research has shown that posts, photos and videos shared online not only amuse friends, but can lead to employers making judgment calls that affect careers,” Kane added

The findings show that some of the biggest cyber faux pas candidates can make include posting inappropriate pictures and posting discriminatory comments.

“Given the impressions comments and images can create, Telstra recommends job seekers think twice before posting, tagging and uploading pictures and status updates this Christmas,” Kane said.

The following tips can help to ensure your publically accessible social content is positive and professional:

1. Check your social network pages: Review your social media accounts and remove language or pictures that might upset, embarrass or offend others.

2. Use the right social media tool: Use social media sites that are designed for professional networkers to share industry related information publicly.

3. Make privacy a priority: Review and use the privacy settings available to you.

4. Stay current: Check your profiles are up-to-date and reflective of you as a person.

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Shauna O'Carroll

Shauna O'Carroll

Shauna is a second year Journalism and International Studies student at the University of Technology in Sydney. She has interned at various online and print publications and is now happily interning at Dynamic Business.

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