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Monster Poll Shows More People Believe It’s Important to Scrub Their Online Persona Before Starting a Job Search

MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 1, 2013-- A recent U.S. poll conducted by Monster.com, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), reveals that 73% of respondents believe it is important to clean up their online persona before looking for a job.

Monster asked visitors to its U.S. site, “How important do you feel it is to clean up your online profile (posts, pictures, status updates, etc.) before conducting a job search?”, and resulted in the following findings:

  • It is very important to clean up my online profile before I look for a job – 64%
  • It is somewhat important to clean up my online profile before I look for a job – 9%
  • It is slightly important to clean up my online profile before I look for a job – 4%
  • It is not at all important to clean up my online profile before I look for a job – 7%
  • I do not have an online profile – 16%

“Hiring has always been done, at least in part, on the basis of reputation. These days, reputation is even more important because we all have the power to create our own public persona, using the tools provided by the Internet and social platforms,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster.com. “Be prepared and do some spring cleaning. Use search engines to find out what comes up when you type in your name, and then actively work to build a strong professional image online. An important aspect to help you 'find better' is to keep your online resume up to date, and freshen it up as you develop your skills.”

The results of the current Monster Poll are based on votes cast by Monster U.S. site visitors from: March 18April 1, 2013. The poll, which received 1,275 responses, is part of the Monster Meter, an ongoing series of online polls that gauge users' opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. This poll is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.

For tips on cleaning up your online profile, please visit: MonsterWorking.com.

About Monster
Monster is the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities. From the web, to mobile to BeKnown® on Facebook and Monster.com, Monster helps companies find people with customized solutions, using the world’s most advanced technology to match the right person to the right job. With a local presence in more than 40 countries, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More company information is available at http://about-monster.com/.

Source: Monster Worldwide, Inc.

Monster Worldwide
Kristen Gugliotta, 978-461-8089
kristen.gugliotta@monster.com