Conduct A Self-Search On The Web
70% of recruiters in the USA have rejected an applicant because of what they found online.
Golden Rule: “If you don’t want to talk about it in an interview, it shouldn’t be on the internet”
One of the first actions that a recruiter will take after receiving your resume is a full search of your name on the web. Recruiters are looking to see if you are credible when they look at your digital profiles. When they are researching candidates, they are looking for evidence of your previous work and any relevant personal information that could either benefit or harm your chances to land the job. We advise that you see what the recruiter will see by doing a search of yourself on each search engine before sending out your resume.
By having a great opportunity to "control the narrative," you can control your personal brand and online reputation. Follow these guidelines:
- Human Side
- Are your timelines filled with a positive tone and information.
- Professional Side
- Professional photo
- Portfolio/ examples of your work
- If you want to remove a photo, profile link, or webpage from search results, you usually need to ask the website owner (webmaster) to remove the information.
- Why contact the webmaster? Even if the search engine deletes the site or image from our search results, the webpage still exists and can be found through the URL to the site, social media sharing, or other search engines. This is why your best option is to contact the webmaster, who can remove the page entirely.