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Job Applicants' "Online Reputations" Can Help or Hurt Hiring Chances


February 1, 2010

Posting indiscreet information online can prevent Internet users from getting jobs, while positive "online reputations" can have the opposite effect, InformationWeek reports. According to a Microsoft survey of 2,400 employers and jobseekers in the U.S., UK, Germany and France, 70 percent of the responding human resource professionals in the U.S. rejected job applicants because of negative information found online, with smaller numbers of 41 percent in the UK, 16 percent in Germany and 14 percent in France. At the other end of the spectrum, the survey indicates potential employers are more likely to hire those individuals whose online searches yield positive information.
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