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    Of Google and Resumes

    I guess I should no longer be surprised when I am shocked by a candidate whose resume crosses my desk. Sometimes its the resume itself which is just a reason to toss it, but if there is an email attached I will generally plop it into a couple of search engines just to see what shows up in professional forums which might provide better insight into the person's skills.

    Although I do on occasion find posts here or in other professional forums more often than not I find examples of outright shocking personal behavior online.

    At the very least people should use search engines against their own resume email to see if anything controversial exists tied to that email. If they want to elevate their status answer a few questions in professional forums. At least make sure your society-challenged social networking pages private or have them associated with a different email address.

    If you have a site where you are proud of your Anarchist tendencies, your protests at the last G6 conference, your belief that hemp and all hemp derivatives should be freely consumed and that all of your previous bosses were idiots and ....well you get the idea...Do you really want your prospective employers to know about these and other behaviors that are just unbelievable?

    Or perhaps I am just a curmudgeon and I should be adopting the Seinfeld attitude, "Not that there's anything wrong with that....."

    It's a competitive market: Don't you want to give your prospective employers reasons to hire rather than reasons to set aside your resume?

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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    Yup.

    Since names and email addresses can be spoofed, the searcher needs to be careful. Still, the prospective employee should expect such searches. I do that all the time.

    And of course the prospective employer and hiring manager can expect the same treatment.

    When I interview, I search out as much information as I can about the company, and the person I will be working for. It's always best to weed out the bad apple managers.
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    At least if the emails are being spoofed and you (as a candidate) find out about it, then there is possible recourse to have the items removed from the sites which are questionable and purged from the caches of the major search engines.

    I concur that employers should expect the same treatment, hence the post here
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    Yea I guess its never good to use the same email for you business as you do for your porno... Depending on the job of course
    But in the end doesn't it all come down to BEER? Beer is the ultimate answer to all questions in the universe so yes the answer to your question is BEER.
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    Holy crapola!! I've got like my old house still out there being sold (even though I already sold it).

    Here's another thing, too (because I just tried). Sometimes your email can be locked in the search engines until the end of eternity!!! Pages which publish your email and require a login in order to access your posts, etc., but then the Resend function doesn't work, well, I think we might be floating out there for eternity.
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    I guess I am not the only one who does this, if this slideshow from CIO Insight entitled, Facebook Activities Haunt JobSeekers, is an accurate measure.
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    Man! Do you know how much stuff I have to erase here now! Lol.

    I'm actually glad to hear this, you know? I, personally, have not used these networks in my hiring process before. I have been lucky in the past, but I will also say that I may consider using them in the future.

    Why? Well, my group works as a VERY cohesive unit. I really do trust my team and I think that is a by-product of having hired wisely. So I'm always worried about introducing a bad seed into that mix, so I think I would probably use it more as a positive tool than something to look for the negative. I want to know that someone is going to be a good fit for my team.
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    James Pulley

    I am glad this stuff was not around in my uni days.

    With all these mobile phone and security camera's around these days it would not take much to end up on the net.

    Where are we heading with this approach, we should only hire compliant little boring borg nerds who have no friends and never go out and cut loose ?
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    There used to be a phrase...."gentlemen use Polaroids..." While the source of that is a bit on the salacious front the truth contained within certainly means you can have the fun but do you really need to share multiple copies of the images with the universe? Not every moment is a "Kodak moment" to share. Unfortunately many of these images do not speak well about the judgment of the subjects within them. I agree with the presentation that it is the exception on the public presence that provides a richer view of the individual which can lead to a hire versus the opposite.

    Recapturing embarrassing images is a lot like recapturing smoke. When you're in your twenties and invincible you don't think about things like this, but the odds are that some of these images will have a lifetime on the internet well beyond the career of their owners. Heck, every birthday my mother likes to pull out embarrassing photos of me as a kid and those aren't even instant recall electronic versions of the images. I would hate to think how many more embarrassing photos would exist if digital cameras had arrived on the scene a couple of decades earlier!
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    Re: Of Google and Resumes

    I kind of think differently, possibly because I'm slightly younger? At least i think I'm slightly younger.
    To me what you do in your private/personal life is nobody else's business. If you want to post it all over the internet that's upto you.
    As long as you're not bringing it into work, do whatever the hell you want.
    What's wrong with being a beer pong champion? I'd want to tell the world too.
    There's also, a lot of people around, if you just take the name off a CV and search, well, if you google me there's actually a model with the same name. I have never actually checked him out but the chances of my hobbit like features being mistaken for a model are pretty slim.
    However if someone just searches on my name he is what they'll get and for all I know he is a model on www.menwholikebananahammocks.com.
    We live in the dumbest world on the planet and there's no colour the sky can't be at any given time. Remember that!
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