The display of personal details on the internet could lead to employers discriminating between candidates on racial, sexual orientation or religious grounds, according to a new survey.
Three-quarters of recruitment consultants polled by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said that this was a major concern for them, with 86 per cent stating that candidates should not publish certain data about themselves on the web just in case.
Over half of those surveyed also said they believe the MySpace and Facebook generation could result in fewer placements being made through traditional recruitment agencies, as jobseekers are more likely to look for jobs through informal online networks.
REC external affairs director Tom Hadley urged job hunters to keep a close eye on what information is published about them on the web.
"Employers also have a role to play. It's vital that they don't make decisions on whether to take candidates through to the interview stage based on information they find on the internet," he added.
Recent research from T-Mobile found that more than a quarter of workers are forbidden from using the web at work by their employers.