By Laura Paterson
Laura is Marketing & Internal Recruitment Manager at Cedar, a specialist financial recruitment consultancy focused on sourcing senior financial talent across commercial organisations.
We’ve all been there, you check your phone and realise you have been 'tagged' in a less than flattering photo. It’s a race against time to log in and remove all evidence leaving your perfectly cultivated online persona intact. But what if it is more serious than an unflattering photo? What if it’s a previous malicious allegation, notifications of court orders, company filings and so on? How will this affect your professional online profile, especially when it comes to your next career move? As we all know, the internet has a very long memory and these misdemeanours are much harder to get rid of. Well, at least they used to be.
This month, the European Court of Justice announced its ‘startling, unexpected and potentially revolutionary’ decision to enforce the pre-existing EU law which states that individuals have a ‘right to be forgotten’.Now, on the demand of the individual, Google must remove all unwanted personal information, even if it has been legally published. The implications run much deeper than just affecting Google’s search business; the announcement will set a new standard in data privacy in Europe and will have a knock on effect on the way companies across the UK hire.
Due to the increased popularity of social media, there has been much argument and speculation about the future of recruitment consultancies and the recruitment industry as a whole. Despite many question marks remaining about the effectiveness of their benefits, there has been a sharp rise in employers using social media sites such as LinkedIn and Google+ to save on consultancy costs. This announcement has the ability to make the use of social media as a sole recruitment tool irrelevant.
How will businesses be able to vet the candidates who apply to their online advertisements efficiently? Longer interviews, more reference checking? Who has the time? Companies now run the risk of making costly mistakes by hiring potentially damaging candidates into their organisations.
Going forward, recruitment consultancies will be in greater demand because they, like they always have been, are the only way you can ensure that you are getting the right candidate for your business. This ruling by The European Court of Justice means that only consultancies that carry out a high level of due diligence in pre-screening and fact-checking every candidate they represent to a client whilst also assessing their suitability to client’s needs, will prosper. By partnering with an established and experienced recruitment consultancy you are partnering trust.
Latest opportunities from Cedar include:
- Regional Finance Director - Head of Finance - £75,000, London
- Finance Manager - £70,000 per year, London
- Strategic Planning Manager - £60,000 per year, London
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