For Some, On line Personal Undermines a Resume

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The New York Times,  June 11, 2006 For Some, Online Persona Undermines a  Résumé  By  ALAN FINDER When a small consulting company in Chicago was looking to hire a summer intern  this month, the company's president went online to check on a promising  candidate who had just graduated from the University of Illinois. At Facebook, a popular social networking site, the executive found the candidate's  Web page with this description of his interests: "smokin' blunts" (cigars hollowed  out and stuffed with marijuana), shooting people and obsessive sex, all described  in vivid slang. It did not matter that the student was clearly posturing. He was done.  "A lot of it makes me think, what kind of judgment does this person have?" said  the company's president, Brad Karsh. "Why are you allowing this to be viewed  publicly, effectively, or semipublicly?" Many companies that recruit on college campuses have been using search engines  like Google and Yahoo to conduct background checks on seniors looking for their  first job. But now, college career counselors and other experts say, some recruiters  are looking up applicants on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace,  Xanga and Friendster, where college students often post risqué or teasing  photographs and provocative comments about drinking, recreational drug use and  sexual exploits in what some mistakenly believe is relative privacy.  When viewed by corporate recruiters or admissions officials at graduate and  professional schools, such pages can make students look immature and  unprofessional, at best.  "It's a growing phenomenon," said Michael Sciola, director of the career resource  center at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. "There are lots of employers  that Google. Now they've taken the next step."
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At New York University, recruiters from about 30 companies told career  counselors that they were looking at the sites, said Trudy G. Steinfeld, executive  director of the center for career development. "The term they've used over and over is red flags," Ms. Steinfeld said. "Is there 
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