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January 08, 2008


T Demop, Blogging for Business

Thanks for the kind words.
The "18% of working college graduates report that their employer expects some form of self-marketing online as part of their job" stat is surprising!

I would expect it's true in high tech. One of my high tech clients even has me training the other consultants they use on how to self-market themselves on line.

In businesses in general however, it's very surprising. I don't doubt it based on it's source, but still a big surprise.

Jim Minatel

You asked: "Why aren't 100% of all recruiters using search engines to learn more about candidates?!"
1. Because any data that you gather dury the course of recruiting candidates should be archived as a part of the recruiting file.
2. Whether it's googling for prospective candidates or googling for information on a candidate you have interviewed, you could find information about that person that might later be perceived to show bias in your hiring decision.

So, the less you know about your candidates, the less legal risk you expose. ;)

Joe Wikert

Hi Jim. It seems odd to think that only the tiny minority of 17% would be scared away because of the potential legal issues. The other 83% either have an archiving system they can trust or they're throwing caution to the wind! It just doesn't make sense that this would be the key reason why 17% are stuck in the past. Why do I get the impression that every one of the 17% probably won't accept resumes electronically and insist on doing everything via hard copy as well?...

I wouldn't be surprised to find it's not so much the legal aspect as it is a bias against technology.

T Demop, Blogging for Business

That does seem odd.
Although I'll admit I know a couple of recruiters that are pretty backwards when it comes to technology . . . they do use email, and probably need to accept electronic resumes by now.

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