Good resume: check
30 Second pitch: check
Organized and on top of things: check
Online and offline networking: check
Doing informational interviews: check
You are all ready for your job search, to conquer the world, right?
What if you are doing everything right, and then you go to Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn (or your blog) to vent about how stupid a hiring manager was in an interview, or the ridiculous thing a recruiter or HR person said when you called them to check on your resume or application?
I’ve seen people post stuff online, assuming the company wouldn’t find out what they were saying. It was shared just to their friends, they thought. They needed a place to vent, they thought.
What they were really doing was ending any chances they had of getting that job.
You have to know that HR and recruiters can and do look online to learn more about you. Some use Google. Some go straight to the social networks and do a search on your name. What will they find?
Check out this 2 minute video:
This video was put together by a firm that helps HR and recruiters screen you, in your own social network. You can learn more about recruitment software with Computers in Personnel at the link.
You NEED to know about this. In this “war on talent” or “war for talent,” where it seems like it’s you against the hiring company, you must understand the tools and processes they use.
If you understand the tools recruiters use, or Computers in Personnel offers, you will know how to better optimize your resume to get through their system. You’ll know that any “breadcrumbs” you leave online – your status on any social network, or what you post on your Wall, or on someone else’s Wall, or comments you leave on blogs, can be audited, and have an impact on your job search.
Job seekers, you can’t be too relaxed about this. It’s getting more sophisticated. Are you up to the sophistication?