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64% Of Job Searchers Hate Being Approached By Recruiters On Networking Sites

Sites include , . Published on January 26th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

Social media and the tools that come with it has made job searching a lot less labor intensive than in past years. But this doesn’t mean that the use of social media doesn’t come with its troubles. The biggest difficulty is privacy, and sites like Facebook and Twitter are not very good at masking the activities of job searchers—especially from the very people they can ill-afford to find out they are in fact job searching.

This fact of course isn’t lost on job seekers and a recent study by Wakefield Research and commissioned by TheLadders, put a numbered face on the state of things. According to the study, 76% of survey respondents say “it’s impossible to maintain your privacy when searching for a job online. This position on privacy translated into a whopping 64% of respondents expressing reluctance to engage with recruiters on social networking sites—especially when that interaction would be visible to friends and family. And if that stance wasn’t enough, consider that 30% of respondents would rather have co-workers find out about an office romance than the fact they are job hunting.

Clearly job searchers have an issue, but is it the fault of social networks? Hardly; these sites were not built for many of the uses that they have been put to. Job seekers and recruiters will just have to find a workaround.

Do you think social media is a good medium for job hunting?

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