How important is a job seeker's online reputation?

06/20/2013 | Science magazine (free content)

Recruiters and academic scientists say their hiring decisions are influenced by how a candidate presents themselves in social media, freelance science writer Sharon Ann Holgate writes. Holgate cites advice from a wide range of experts, including Ruth Shiner, who advise job seekers to remain professional online, avoid immature arguments, bad language and poor grammar. "My advice to any young scientists when publishing material on the internet in any form is not to write anything that you would not want a future or current employer to read," Shiner, of the University of Wolverhampton in the U.K., wrote in an e-mail.

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