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Online Reputation and Your Job Search

Your Online Reputation Could Actually Help You Get a Job

Many of you have used social networking sites for professional networking, and we know that employers utilize these sites to serve their own purposes, too. A new CareerBuilder survey found that 22 percent of employers are clicking through the Internet looking for information on job candidates, and while many discovered information that caused some applicants to lose their places in the running, it's not all bad news.

About a quarter of those employers who have plugged applicants names into Google actually found information that made them feel more confident about typing up offer letters. Discover which factors positively influenced employers opinions when you


  • Candidate’s background supported their qualifications for the job
  • Candidate had great communication skills
  • Candidate was a good fit for the company’s culture
  • Candidate’s site conveyed a professional image
  • Candidate had great references posted about them by others
  • Candidate showed a wide range of interests
  • Candidate received awards and accolades
  • Candidate’s profile was creative


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SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
Interesting. I hired someone and I did check out his myspace before I hired him. I wanted to make sure he wasn't going to embarrass the company.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i agree that sometimes there are instances where your online reputation could be a good thing. for example, if you have a lot of good feedback on LinkedIn or some similar site, or people have recommended you etc, then it looks favorably on you and the employer could see that you're not just talking a good game but that you're respected as well. i think that for people looking for more creative positions - having a really nice and well put together site could be a great asset. when an employer is just reviewing a reel or a portfolio, then they are just seeing a few pieces of work, but if you've built up a well developed personal website, then you're able to showcase a lot more work, and there's a lot to be said about someone having the chance to peruse the site w/o being prompted.
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