Resumes and Personal Web Pages
Resumes and Personal Web Pages
Employers are using search engines to find out more about their potential employees. Are you safe from the scrutiny?
Recruiters and hiring managers do not have an easy job.
They are trying to find the best people to fill vacant positions at their corporations. While many resumes may be sent in to a company, employers have to sift through each of them to determine who the best candidates are to proceed through the hiring process. Once that initial scan is completed, it then becomes a matter of looking deeper to find out which candidates are worthy of an interview for the open position(s).
Why are some candidates eliminated after the initial screening and before the interviews take place? The resume in most instances is not the problem. A job candidate's qualifications may even be a perfect match for a job opening. What can curtail the whole process is a trend that many people, especially younger people, are using to make social contacts on the internet.
You have heard of My Space, Xanga, Facebook and maybe even Friendster, but did you know that employers have heard of those places, too? Employers are savvy. When they want to know more about a person, they check on line. It's cheaper and faster than a background check and it often provides some interesting clues as to the kind of person they are intending to interview. An individual's resume and personal web pages may be in direct conflict with one another.
Resumes and Personal Web Pages do not even belong in the same sentence together
People who provide public details of their private lives are in jeopardy of becoming a casualty in the job search process. Why? Employers do not want to hire people who make poor decisions. Employers do not want to hire people who will not fit into their corporate culture. Employers do not want to hire people who behave in outrageous ways.
If you are not receiving calls from prospective employers, you might want to check and see if you have posted anything on line that might eliminate you from being considered for a job. Recruiters and hiring managers will be checking you out – you and everyone else they are considering for a vacant position. Do you have a web presence? Remove any photos and/or text that might be objectionable. Think conservatively. Think very conservatively.
Everyone is connected digitally. Don't make the mistake of thinking a recruiter or hiring manager isn't going to check up on you. It's not worth the risk and it is not something you can overcome with a perfectly crafted resume. Resumes are vital, yes, but if you are sabotaging yourself with internet social networks, your resume will become irrelevant. The conflict between resumes and personal web pages will become more and more evident if people do not become aware of the consequences of their internet actions.
Eliminate the red flags on the web and allow prospective employers to base their hiring decisions on your qualifications rather than your latest blog message. After all, you are interested in getting hired, right? Life is complicated enough without folks encouraging employers to rule them out by posting unimportant life details.
At the very least, ensure your resumes and personal web pages are in agreement. Recruiters and hiring managers are watching.
Resumes and Personal Web Pages don't mix well
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