This article was originally published on ComeRecommended.com.
As the class of 2013 knows by now, job hunting is quite the challenge. What they may not fully understand is how their online activity may be preventing them from getting hired. Most graduates from the class of 2013 don’t spend enough time cleaning up their online presence as they search for jobs, according to a survey by Abine.
Sixty percent of graduates are not concerned about their online profiles affecting their hireability. Many graduates focusing on traditional resumes and are neglecting sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. On average, graduates report spending 12 hours preparing their resume, but just four hours making sure the search results for their names look good to potential employers.
Although 69 percent of the class of 2013 is unemployed, only 16 percent proactively work on their Web presence.
While 90 percent of graduates who responded claim to be careful about what they put online, 35 percent have posted comments containing profanity, more than 30 percent have posted comments or pictures about alcohol, and seven percent have posted content about illegal behavior.
Additionally, 84 percent of graduates have never created positive content, like a professional website, to improve their online search results. More than half do not have LinkedIn accounts, even though 73 percent said LinkedIn was important to a person’s job search.
Abine, the company that conducted this survey, recently launched an online calculator to help the class of 2013 (or anyone) determine the risk their online activity poses in a job search. The calculator is a fun, interactive way to get graduates and others thinking about their presence online.
It is important to do more to protect yourself from privacy pitfalls as you prepare to enter the job market or make career changes.
Are you looking out for your online presence?