Looking For A New Job? Beware Of The Googling

by Jon Henshaw

A recent article in the Rocky Mountains News reported that hiring managers are now using Google (and other search engines) to conduct due diligence on applicants. Things to look out for include:

  1. Having resumes online that may be different from the one you are currently giving out. For example, one candidate got in trouble, because a manager found their resume online, and it contained two jobs that were omitted on the copy that the manger was given. The hiring manager assumed that this person was fired from these two jobs, and quickly tossed their application out of the running.
  2. Having information online that may discourage managers from hiring you. Although this type of discrimination is most likely illegal, hiring managers may not hire you if they find information about you online that they don’t like. For example, if you’ve posted controversial posts on discussion groups, or have a personal blog that contains distasteful information, you may be passed on for the position.

I recommend that you do some searches on yourself to make sure there aren’t any embarrassing items online. If you do find something questionable, then you should try to alter, or remove it. Of course, some of you may not want to change anything out of principle. That’s commendable, but be prepared to not get hired.

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