According to a Microsoft reputation study, while only 30% of job seekers worry about their online reputations, 70% of recruiters in the USA have rejected an applicant because of what they found online…without knowing for sure that it was the job seeker they found. The names were the same, and that was enough “proof.”
So, even though you may be leading a blameless life, avoiding Facebook and other social media, and feel you have no reason to worry about what is online about you, you could well be wrong.
The actions of someone else – who has the same name you have – could be sabotaging your job search.
Recruiters who Google the name you put on their application or in your resume will be unaware that the “bad” person Google showed them is not you. Result: opportunity lost! Perhaps, many opportunities… (more…)