Job hunters trust too much

On-line job hunters run the risk of being uncovered by their bosses because they fail to properly investigate how job sites are...

On-line job hunters run the risk of being uncovered by their bosses because they fail to properly investigate how job sites are distributing their CVs, according to executive recruitment and career management service, FirstPersonGlobal.

In a recent survey of more than 1,000 senior IT executives carried out on its website, the company discovered that despite concerns about confidentiality, four out of five on-line job seekers fail to find out what a job site does with their CVs.

According to the survey, 63 per cent of net users would not knowingly register with an e-cruitment website that passed on their personal information without prior permission, for fear that their current employer might gain access to it, or that they would receive unsolicited responses. Even with their names and contact information removed, most respondents (80 per cent) believe they would still be identifiable to third parties.

Yet, as the findings show, only one in five candidates always reads the terms and conditions of a job site before registering with it. Instead, 88 per cent of users say it is more important to "trust the brand" supporting the website, than to read and understand its legal conditions in detail.

Paul Smith, chief executive officer at FirstPersonGlobal, says he was astounded by the findings, and is concerned that users know so little about the practices of the websites to which they entrust their personal and career details.

"Candidates are not covered by the Data Protection Act if they have been asked to read the terms and conditions," Smith explains. "They need to wise up and start exercising extreme caution when submitting their CVs on the internet - researching companies first and only choosing those that have a reputation for integrity."

In a separate survey carried out to measure the attitudes of IT executives to work and stress, FirstPersonGlobal discovered that continuing rail chaos has caused a surge in popularity for flexible working.

The findings, which were based on an on-line poll of 320 senior technology executives, revealed that 77 per cent of respondents affected by commuting nightmares are considering flexible working, while almost half say it would be a requirement in any future job.

Most (93 per cent) admitted that work encroaches on their home and personal lives, with half of the respondents working up to 55 hours a week, and 70 per cent regularly taking home up to 15 hours at weekends.

"Particularly in light of skills shortages, companies are going to have to put more effort into retaining staff - and that includes considering practices such as flexible working," adds Smith.

FirstPersonGlobal is a division of Harvey Nash.

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