These days it seems that employers are googling potential candidates before they hire. It’s just one more way of eliminating potential problems before employers welcome workers into their world. As a matter of fact, according to a recent survey of 100 executive recruiters by ExecuNet, 77 percent of recruiters reported using search engines to find information on candidates. Of those who used such search engines, 35 percent have eliminated a candidate because of information that was uncovered online.
Here are a few tips for improving your online image:
- Be careful. When you’re blogging or posting a comment online or creating a social networking profile. Would you really want someone who has the power to hire or not hire you to see what you’ve written?
- Search for information about yourself. Check your name on Goggle, Dogpile.com, and Yahoo!, as well as any other search engines you think might turn something up about you. Be sure to check your name about once a month to see if anything appears.
- Tell the truth if you are questioned about something online. You don’t want to be pegged as dishonest.
As a nationally Credentialed Career Manager, Coach Kevin Tucker has been partnering with individuals like you for the last 25 years. Through the military, as a minister, a human resources executive, and finally as a career and life transition coach; he has continually been able to help motivated individuals find their calling in life! Check out more at www.CoachKevinTucker.com.