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Doris trains with the Vikings

I was recently invited along with a client; DATS Recrutiment to talk to the Widnes Vikings U19 squad on the impact social media can have on their current and long-term career prospects.

During the session we outlined the use of social media postively during searching for employment and also the pitfalls that could be encountered.  Many employers, recruitment companies and HR Managers are now using tools such as Twitter and Facebook to conduct additional background research on candidates.. and potentially decisions not to invite to an interview could be made based on what they find!

Commenting on the success of the event, Vikings’ Player Welfare Officer Tim Holmes, said; “With the prevalence of social media in society, it is important that we equip our young players with the necessary skills to use these platforms in an appropriate manner.  At the Vikings, we endeavour to provide each of our players with a pathway to live a productive and fulfilling life once they have left the rugby league fraternity, at whatever stage that may be.  The attrition rates within rugby league dictate that a significant number of players, if not all, will have to find alternative employment at some point in their lives. We feel it is our duty to minimise the barriers for this and encourage the pursuit of a life-long career.”

Phil Finney, Head of Youth Performance at the club, added; “Our young players have a responsibility to uphold the values of the Widnes Vikings. Even at this young age, they must understand that they are ambassadors for the club and role-models for the next generation of young Vikings within our community.  I would like to publicly thank DATS Recruitment and Marketing Doris for providing us with their insight and experience of the implications of social media away from professional sport.”

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