Fanny Tattoo Photos on Social Networking Sites Can Hurt Career Image, Warns Jobfox Career Expert; Employers May Google for Job Candidates' Dirty Laundry

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A growing number of companies are investigating social media content as part of the candidate-selection process. Candidates may be tuned away for dirty laundry.

a contemporary business scruples issue.

Fanny tattoo photos, a wet T-shirt contest video, detailed accounts of a crazy party and other dirty laundry may be the stuff of friendly entertainment on social media sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. Problem is -- these same images may also be the last impressions that many job seekers are leaving with savvy employers. A growing number of recruiters and hiring managers are now investigating social media content as part of the candidate-selection process, warns Rob McGovern, a career expert and the CEO and chairman of Jobfox.

"Companies are looking for the best and brightest candidates," said McGovern, who recently launched Jobfox to make it more efficient and more private for career-minded professionals to stay informed of and apply to job opportunities that are closely linked with their capabilities and desires. "A risque posting could mean the difference between getting hired and losing out to another candidate who is without social media baggage."

McGovern dubs this development "a contemporary business scruples issue." According to McGovern, career-minded professionals should:

Be aware that everything said and done online is now becoming part of one big giant public record.

Have fun on social media sites, but say less-to-little of anything that might turn off a prospective employer.

Keep a healthy perspective on this new trend -- most companies really don't want to know everything about your private life.

"It's OK to talk about your crazy pet ferrets, but I wouldn't advise posting photos of your fanny tattoos to the Internet's public and permanent archive," McGovern noted. "Personal privacy remains a hot Internet topic and now -- 100 million MySpace pages later -- a new generation of Internet users are learning to cope in a less-private world."

Jobfox, formerly Market 10, re-launched with its new brand in April and is currently providing precise job fits between professionals and employers in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay areas. Jobfox plans to launch its online job marketplace in the Boston area over the summer.

About Jobfox
Jobfox is the only online job marketplace with its proprietary job-fit intelligence that turns qualified professionals into job candidates who are pursued by companies in need of their specific experiences and skills. Jobfox provides a free and confidential service for top professionals to proactively manage their careers. Companies turn to Jobfox to go after the best and brightest from the pool of passive job seekers -- those who are employed but willing to consider a move for the perfect job fit. Jobfox's 10-Dimmension Matching intelligence efficiently surfaces top-notch job candidates based on specific skills, education and work experience. Visit today.

About Rob McGovern
Rob McGovern is a veteran career expert and author of "Bring Your 'A' Game: The Top 10 Career Secrets of the High Achiever." Prior to his role as founder and CEO of Jobfox, McGovern was the founder and chairman of

Jobfox is a trademark of the company and Job Fit Compatibility System and 10-Dimension Matching are service marks of the company. All other company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.

Media Contact: Barry Lawrence, 703-748-0162, ext. 1106

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: on behalf of the company listed above.

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