Friday, October 3, 2008

Are you "GoogleAble?


One in five employers research job applicants on the Web

Please read the following article and blog about what your feelings are about it. Have you ever thought about what shows up if you are "Googled?"

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/yoon/1123/one-in-five-employers-research-job-applicants-on-the-web/

Makes you think, doesn't it?

Have a good weekend.

Mr. P

31 comments:

Kelsie N. said...

This did make me think about what I put on my Facebook or even what my friends put about me. I think that it is very smart for the employers to look up people before they hire that person because your profile page says a lot about you. That article made me aware of making sure my profile is filled with good things. My boss and my co-director told us employees that they had looked at our facebook pages once, I hadn't really realized that everybody pretty much has access to profiles that easily.

Lorissa J said...

I think it is an effective way for the employer. Only because they can see what that person is like with out the nerve wrecking interview,that may make them reconsider.They wouldn't want to, mistakingly, high a partier and have them miss work a lot. Usually online you share more about yourself than you would in a nerve wrecking interview.

Justine S said...

I think that this is a very scary thing sometimes. If you post things that you dont want others too see then you should think twice on if you really want them to see it. Another thing is I think it's a good idea that employers look on the internet to see what kind of person you actually are. This is a very different situation, i would say, but it's weird how you can type someone's name in and just right away find it on there internet.

NICK said...

It's good way to find a new Job.

Britany G. said...

I do have a facebook and a myspace, but i don't have internet at home so i hardly ever get in them anymore and the main people i have on there is close friends and family. I already knew that some employers were checking myspaces and facebooks, but i didn't know that there were really that many. i think that an employer has every right to check facebook and myspace. If an employer was picking between 5 different employee options they could always check their myspaces and facebooks to find which ones would be more likely to work hard and who wouldn't. They would be able to see who the "true" you really was.

Demi said...

Well i have thought about this really hard i think it was last year because i was google searching and i typed my name in and there were pictures of me from my bebo that were accessible to anyone looking on the internet and it really scared me. So i really try to take this into consideration more and make sure there is nothing on my facebook that i wouldn't want people to see. It can be really dangerous because even if you put your profile on privacy there are still ways to get to it such as through tagged pictures and what not. But when it comes to a job interview you want to make sure your profile is completly clean and not have things you wouldn't want your future manager or employers to see because it could change there opinion on wheather or not they should hire you. I guess i kinda forgot about this whole issue but i really need to keep taking it into consideration.

Molly Wettlaufer said...

Well I guess in general I think the whole identity thing is a issue, but the fact that people can look you up and see every detail about your life kinda scares me. Not the fact that I did anything wrong anyways, but it is scary in general, because people can do a identity theft and tell everyone they are you! So your getting there wrong doings on your identity and it could cause a lot of problems. I just wish the computer genius's could do something in the world to block all access to it. Yes I do agree sometimes it is useful to find a family member or a old friends address, but I still think there is a better and safer way we could do this.Don't you...?

Brett on October 3, 2008 at 11:22 AM said...

Wow! I usually try to keep my profiles on Facebook and other social networks clean but I never realized how important it is to do so.

Now that I see how important it is to moderate my pages on the web I will tale extra time to read over everything before it is added to my Facebook, not that it will stop me from adding fun applications!

yatzaira said...

i think its kind of scary that someone can "google" you!
i also think that is a good way of find out what people are really like!

Kimberly on October 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM said...

It is a good way for the employer to check up on their potential employee. They can see their real personalities because if you are applying for a job, your not going to act the same at your interview as you would on a night out with your friends. It does make me think about what I have on my facebook page and some of the pictures I have displayed for everyone to see.

Ramon said...

to me its a good and bad thing. the good thing yea the boss or who is hiring the employee may look at your facebook or myspace page... and see what they really are like. but then thats when it can be a bad thing to. because some people have different attitudes to work and being with there friends.

Sutech 911 on October 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM said...

Well, i have heard of employers searching for information on people online before. I can honestly say, its probably the best way for them to learn about their applicant.

In my case, I don't really use any of the social networks, I do have them though. I do agree with it needing to be carefully monitored so it doesn't ruin your reputation in any way.

Will M. said...

I have heard that it has started to be more common for employers to look at your online profiles and internet pages to see if you would be a good employee. When i go to get a job i will definitely make sure that my Facebook profile is clean of any misconceptions. On the other hand if I was an employer i would definitely use the internet as a tool to decide if the applicant would be a good employee.

Angelea M. said...

I think this is a great ideas for employers to do in research on future employees. You can find out a lot about someone by looking at their Facebook or MySpace. I have previously heard about this method of hiring and I always thought it was very convenient. Like Kelsie said I bet it makes some second guess about what they put on their profile and also to pay close attention to what others write about you. I work with Kelsie and I hadn't realized that our boss had looked at our profiles and I didn't realize they could do it so easily either, but I still agree that it is a great idea.

Pedro H. said...

This article really does make me re-think what I have on any one of my websites. The internet is highly available and useful to any manager, executive, etc. To think that their decisions are some what influenced in what they can see on our personal profiles, well that is scary. I do not disagree with it however. It's really an effective view point into how some people really are, what their life is really like. If you meet someone once for an interview how do you know that is what that person is really like. The one of very few ways to know what a person is like is to achieve a friendship at a very personal level, but I doubt most employers would have the time to dedicate themselves to spend time with every single one of their applicants.

It is also a closer look into someone with not only experience, but personality.

But to be clearly honest I had no idea that employers would be looking into my personal sites (such as myspace and facebook). With that in mind I think I might just re-look them.

ashley b. said...

well i think that someone can find you on the internet and find stuff about you. its scary cause a person can find all this stuff out and where you live. but this is good to know what the internet is really like.

Keshia said...

I try and watch what I put on the web because I know people have easy access to it when its on the web. I see why employers would want to check out facebook and see what is all on the page of a future employee but at the same time I don't think its very appropriate to look at their facebook because if we didn't have the web they wouldn't go through a future employee's house and check through their belongings to make sure they were ok to hire!

Kylee Peterson said...

I am very careful what I put on my facebook account, I don't have much to hide but I wouldn't want to offend anyone with something that I may think is appropriate or funny. It is so easy for anyone to access these profiles so I not only want to make sure that everything I put up is appropriate but also that I don't give out too much information.

Kristin G on October 3, 2008 at 1:40 PM said...

I think checking into a potential employee's profile online is a very smart idea for the employer. It shows them how the employee is when they're not trying to be on their best behavior for the job interview, and is a nice way to filter out irresponsible or simply illegal actions from the business.

KAITLYNN KIZZIRE said...

I've heard this story before and thought it was a borderline invasion of privacy, now I know that it is public knowledge. I'm not to worried about it because all of my "stuff" is pretty good. I just hope they spell my name right and don't hire me because of something I didn't even do. That is my biggest problem I suppose is that fact that you don't know if your information is accurate, anybody can post anything.

Trevor D said...

Well what I think about it is well.. I don't know. People can look you up and know more about you before they decide to hire you.. that's all i can say

April Babutzke said...

This did make me think, but first of all, for me, I would never put personal stuff on the net, because no matter what you do, there is always that one that screws everything up, or they somehow see it because of one of my friends, then they are not my friends and I have a My Space, but I have no idea what to do on it so all I do is see if anyone has said anything to me and usually there isn't, and if I do then I don't know what I would do, because I have no idea what i'm doing and i don't want to mess anything up, so I just leave it alone!!

Clare A. said...

I think it is actually kind of creepy that almost anybody can access your information on your profile. I mean it is a good way for the employer to see what a person is like, but at the same time it kind of seems like an invasion of privacy. But I guess thats where keeping your personal and professional life separate comes in handy. I never really thought about employers looking at my profiles but as far as I know there is only good things about me on my profile. So I say go ahead and check me out I guess!

Brook Lynn said...

People will look at anything to find out stuff about you so it isn't surprising that they would do that. Its smart on their part but I kinda don't think it is fair, especially because other people can post things on your facebook wall and other things like that! I don't think that just anybody should be able to go on facebook and find everything out about you, to me that is invasion of privacy but then again if they did have blocks on the site there are still people who could figure it out if they really wanted to.

Jordan McCray said...

I think it's okay that an employer looks at applicant's profiles. Whatever you have on your profile should bluntly describe what kind of person you are. It's a little spooky how any one can find out where you live or almost anything about you by just keying in your name to google. I believe that almost everyone should have their own personal space...Not everyone should no everything about you.

courtney said...

I dont like how everyone can find out everything about you. know matter what your life will never be a secret. I think that people should ask you permission before looking at something thats your. Just like on facebook you have to be friends with the before you can look at their profile but there are some people that can go through that and they dont have to be friends with you and i think that they should get in trouble for that. And if you go to google and type in your name there is information about you that you might not want people knowing.

kacey said...

Well i dont use face book or any thing like that so not to much to worry about there. Although i have googled me my friends' names when i was bored ... you'd be suprised at what you find on the internet! I do think this is a good way of telling if they want to hire a person or not.

Ashley S said...

This really did make me think. You never know what people can look up about you and what they can find out. Sometimes i think that the Internet is the greatest thing, but then you hear about all those girls or even boys getting kidnapped and it was mostly because of what they put on their Facebook or something else. If people wanted to they could find just about anything out about you and that is not always a good thing.

Katie Matthews said...

Yes, It did make me think about what kind of stuff I put on the internet because what ever you put on the internet will be on there forever. If I was an employer I would look up the person before I hired them because like Kelsie said your profile page says a lot about you.

Taylor L said...

Online profile searches are becoming more and more common with our growing technology society. If I were in the interviewer's position, this would be one of my first steps in hiring an employer considering it is a 'personal profile' which is going to contain some of the most truthful information.

melissa s said...

I think thats a good move on employers part. you get to see what the people are like and what other people think of you also, but i also think that this might be a problem because there might be some things that you dont want to share with them like you drinking, or getting drunk. i think that its an either way win or lose situation

 

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