KUALA LUMPUR (June 11): A global web poll has shown that 69% of professionals are careful about their online image.
According a to the results of the Robert Walters’ latest Global Web released on Monday, a majority of respondents recognised the importance of maintaining a professional presence online.
It said that 74% or 24,480 respondents agreed that maintaining a professional online presence was crucial.
This was followed by 20.4% or 7,200 respondents finding it not important and only 10.2% or 3,600 respondents indicating that it was not something they think about, it said.
International recruitment consultancy Robert Walters’ said the Global Web Poll was a generic poll posted on its websites featuring a career-related question each month.
“With the advent of the digital era, it has become increasingly easy for employers to find potential candidates through social networking sites or by running a simple search engine background check.
“Therefore professionals should ideally maintain a positive image online, especially if they are frequent users of social networking sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn,” it said on Monday.
Robert Walters said the results included a total of 35,280 responses from visitors to itswebsites around the world and were collated between mid-March to early May this year.
It said a total of 19 countries were polled.
“Within Asia, countries included China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Korea.
“The poll also included Luxembourg, Belgium, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, United States, Australia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Ireland,” it said.