Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Google-Stalking Job Candidates: Tempting but Risky

Good article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, with quotes from a colleague, Professor Bob Sprague at the University of Wyoming.

Google-Stalking Job Candidates - Tempting but Risky - by Audrey Williams June
With the academic-hiring season under way, some search-committee members will turn to the Internet to conduct a little due diligence on potential future colleagues. In short, they’re going to Google them.
Official job applications—the carefully crafted curriculum vitae, idealistic teaching statements, glowing letters of reference—are meant to represent candidates in the best, most professional light. An online search, meanwhile, might ferret out a piece of interesting information that didn’t make the application packet or give a glimpse of how candidates portray themselves out in the (virtual) world.

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