Computer World takes a look at how a lack of a web presence can hurt a candidate’s chance of getting a job interview, let alone the actual job. While we’ve probably all tried “Googling” a date or famous celebrity, employers are using the search engines to “check you out” before they schedule a meeting with you.
In a 2006 survey by executive search firm ExecuNet in Norwalk, Conn., 77 of 100 recruiters said they use search engines to check out job candidates. In a CareerBuilder.com survey of 1,150 hiring managers last year, one in four said they use Internet search engines to research potential employees. One in 10 said they also use social networking sites to screen candidates.
While it may be mostly confined to technology careers, not having an online identity can place a question (or black) mark against a potential job candidate.
In todayâ€™s job market, turning up missing on the Web may not be a fatal flaw, and itâ€™s probably better than having a search result in a photo of you in a hula skirt. But over time, the lack of a Web presence â€” particularly for IT professionals â€” may well turn from a neutral to a negative, says Tim Bray, director of Web technologies at Sun Microsystems Inc.
The article goes on to suggest ways to create an online identity. Here are some of my own tips…