(Closed) Can other "yous" on the internet affect job chances?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@AllShookUp:  I never thought about this, but do you have a linkedin?  It might be good to get the ACTUAL you out there, and Linkedin usually shows up near the top of searches unless you have a celebrity name (my linkedin is the third result when I google my first & last name, and the first two results are British people so they wouldn’t be confused with me).

My fifth result is my Pinterest. I thought that was funny.  Might be good to take my pic off so potential future employers can’t judge my decor ideas and nail polish preferences.  After that is my Google+ and that’s another one that I think would be ok to turn up in a search if you don’t have one.  It’s more businessy than Facebook.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@AllShookUp: Def create a LinkedIn account. My husband created an account and he got contacted by recruiters who happen to check out his profile which featured his resume. It doesn’t hurt to have one 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@AllShookUp:  IMO it’s useless, but I like that it turns up in a search for my name and has all my resume info in it.  It just confirms my existence and that I’m who I say I am on my resume.  And, like you said in this post- it turns up a positive result for my name.  Definitely doesn’t hurt, although they send you 9087897897 emails a week at first so set your email preferences to avoid that.

Edit- also you can set your linkedin privacy preferences so that people can’t see particular information.  It’s been awhile but I know it’s possible because I can’t see my photo on my linkedin page when I’m not logged in.  You can also be vague about your location, etc- I have mine as the major metropolitan area near me.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m lucky. My other “me” is a CEO of a big company. =)

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Generally recruiters and hiring managers don’t have time to google someone who isn’t already in process or being considered, so I doubt that would be a factor. The only time I’ve had this come up was when we ran background on someone (who’d already gotten an offer) and his name came up with a few DUIs and a bench warrant. Turns out it was really just his name, and not him – it’s a pretty common name and since the actual criminal had even the same initial the background check returned that as a criminal result.

I do google people to find their LI and FB profiles if they’re already in process, but since I already know where you live, where you went to school, what you studied, etc. it would be pretty hard to mistake you for someone scuzzy.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@msfuturea:  +1

I get an enormous number of cold calls/emails from LinkedIn, and I’m not even in the same field anymore. Recruiters definitely rely on it heavily.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you google my full name, the only thing that comes up is my googleplus account, which has a picture of me when I was three.  I don’t exist online.  My facebook is set up that you cannot search for me and find me, and it’s under a nickname anyway. 

The other people with my name (just first and last) have nothing to do with what I do, so why would someone think it was me?  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AllShookUp:  Yeah, contacts from Monster are usually crap. LinkedIn contacts are almost always legit in my experience, because if users are reported for spam more than couple times, they get booted.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree with PPs–definitely get a LinkedIn!

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