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The Academic Job Search and the Internet

The internet has become a valuable research tool for gathering information on job candidates; but beware of how reliable or accurate the information is. Gary Olson of the Chronicle of Higher Education recommends that academic recruiters use due diligence to verify information.

In some instances the internet is a valuable resource for confirming current and past positions and for candidates to familiarize themselves with a potential institution for interviews etc. Unfortunately though, the internet often becomes a source to dig up past controversies and expose skeletons, even if those facts are unverified. In academic recruiting, the Internet can be useful or destructive to the process. It can be an effective and efficient tool if recruiters take the time to confirm any findings with due diligence. If used as a way to discredit job seekers, it can hurt institutions and candidates. Read the full article.