Your Next Job Depends On What Google Says About You – Are You Prepared?

Sep 23 2011 in Featured, reCareered Blog, social branding by Phil Rosenberg

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Are you prepared that Google might determine if you get your next job?

It’s no secret that employers and recruiters Google candidates as part of the screening process. Even employers who don’t require criminal or credit checks routinely Google finalists before an offer is made.

Employers and recruiters are depending more and more on Google because:

  • It’s easy
  • It’s cheap
  • It tells a lot about you

This article from TheLadders talks about Google catching inaccuracies. But the implication of Google searches goes far beyond this. What if a Google search on you, turns up unfavorable information of someone else who happens to share your name (see:

You can also use Google to your advantage, by managing how Google tells the story of how awesome you are (see:

Here’s what Marc Cenedella and Matthew Rothenberg from TheLadders have to say about Google and your job search:

“How likely is it that your resume, job application and credentials will be reviewed for inaccuracies? Nearly 100 percent, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Almost all human resources professionals reported to SHRM that their organizations conduct some form of background check on every employee. For some candidates, it doesn’t take much more than a Google search to pull up information, both good and bad.

Besides seeing things like what you have published, an online search can also reveal unflattering or downright negative things someone may have said about you. Beyond that, most recruiters check references at every company you list to verify your duties, tenure, salary, and in some cases even your W2. Their findings include the most damning documentation, including police reports, articles about misconduct and more. All that information is shared with the recruiters’ client: the hiring manager.

If you have been interviewed and a falsification is uncovered, chances are that’s the end of the road for that job and possibly future opportunities as well. It will be disheartening to you in your job search and cost you potentially useful contacts, so think long and hard if you feel tempted to lie.

From “In a Google World, Prepare to Be Investigated”, published on TheLadders.

Negative information, shared names, inconsistencies, and the ability to manage your awesomeness also can be affected by Linkedin, Facebook, and even Twitter. However, it’s amazing on how candidate views differ so widely from employer and recruiter views on using Google and social media to screen candidates. Learn more about this gap in expectations vs reality at .

Are you ready for employers and recruiters to Google you?


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