83 Percent of Recruiters Look for Digital Dirt

Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

Job seekers, beware! That MySpace photo of you doing a keg stand may get a few chuckles from friends, but it's no laughing matter in the job market.

Employers are increasingly scouring the Internet for "digital dirt" to help them weed through job candidates. In fact, 83.2 percent of recruiters admitted to using online search engines in 2007 to uncover information about candidates, according to Execunet. Of these recruiters, 43 percent admitted to eliminating candidates based on the negative information they found.