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Social networking profiles more accurate than resumes?

In the debate about whether to search for candidates online before they’re hired, here’s another reason hiring managers may consider doing so:

Candidates are often more honest in their LinkedIn profiles than in the resumes they send employers.

At least that’s what LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said at the recent Social Recruiting Summit held at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

The reasoning: Resumes are read only by a few people in a company who know nothing about the candidate. On the other hand, candidates might have hundreds of LinkedIn connections, and in theory, know or have worked with all of them.

Reid’s point: It’s hard to lie publicly in front of current or former colleagues.

Of course, LinkedIn profiles aren’t really replacements for resumes — most users don’t put the same detail into a profile, and there aren’t many versions tailored to different types of positions.

But some experts recommend finding a candidate’s profile to quickly make sure there aren’t glaring discrepancies in the info you received.

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