What Recruiters Know That You Don’t: They Will Check You Out Online

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Here’s something else recruiters know that many of you don’t–they will check you out online.

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Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for no BS career advice that can involve a job search, hiring more effectively, management, leadership, resolving workplace issues, help with career transitions.

One of the things I think job hunters don’t know that corporate and third-party recruiters know is that they’re going to check you out online. Now, you may thinkrecruiter sending a resume is as far as they’re going to go and then they’re going to look at your resume and make decisions.

But I don’t care whether you’re junior or very senior, they’re going to take a look at your online persona– LinkedIn, Google, if they can get to your Facebook profile or Twitter handle, they’re going to do that. Why? Because they’re looking for things that are incongruent with how you present yourself. Let me give you an example.

Years ago, when I did recruiting, I was doing work for a hedge fund and they had asked me to find someone for them. As soon as they receive the resume, they went on to Google and found that this person who they were going to be bringing on for a trading assistant role had lots of trading losses. This individual would be  in contact with proprietary information for their trading model that they could appropriate and use for themselves. Suffice it to say, they didn’t interview this person, let alone consider hiring him.

Lots of little things make up what a firm is going to look for in your background, They’re going to look for things that are incongruent–The bachelor experience that relates to the job and how you’re presenting yourself. They’re going to be looking for personality quirks. The more senior you are, the more they’re hoping to find positive things about you. But they’re also going to find some of the negative things, too. So make sure your online persona is cleaned up before you start sending out resumes. And if you haven’t done that, it’s time to do it now.

Hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us Go to the site where you can schedule time for a free discovery call, schedule time for coaching. Visit the blog where I’ve got 1000s of posts that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you. In addition, you know, there’s information about my courses, books and guides–Again, a lot at The Big Game Hunter to help you. Sorry. At TheBigGameHunter.us that will help you. 

Also follow me or connect with me on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. My Network tends to be a lot bigger than most of yours. Connecting with me gives you access to all my contacts too and they become your second-level connections. Have a terrific day and be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website, www.TheBigGameHunter.us

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