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Old 07-19-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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Do they Google your name? How often do they go so far as to Google the handle on your email address to see if you've used that as a username to comment on news articles or post on message boards?
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We used to google the name and check facebook and myspace. It was sometimes quite a chore to discern which was the applicant and which was another person with the same name. (For example, I have a rather unusual first and last name, but if I google it, I've appeared in a B rated, soft porn horror flick. NOT.)

I only remember digging into the email address in one case, where the guy's FB page had some pretty rank stuff on it. The postings on various news articles only confirmed that they guy was an idiot, which was already obvious from his FB page.

But may I point out that using the word "stalking" in your member name would immediately raise a red flag for me and make me dig deeper?
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Yes and more specifically linkedin.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Do they Google your name? How often do they go so far as to Google the handle on your email address to see if you've used that as a username to comment on news articles or post on message boards?
Uh oh. Something tells me the email address you used with this employer is linked to some stuff you don't want them to know about.

Email addresses are free. Use one just for job hunting.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:21 AM
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Location: Memphis, TN
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Make it a habit to Google yourself once in a while just to see what might be out there. And yes, always have a separate email account for professional purposes/job searching. It is very easy to maintain multiple Google accounts, for example. When you post things online publicly, it is fair game. Even 'private' stuff can leak, so it is best to try to stay separate from those accounts with your job search and professional profile.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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If you donate over a certaim amt to a political candidate or political party, your name, address, employer, amount of donation and date of donation appear on public record. It shows near the top in Google.

Because of this, I have refrained from giving political donations when I would have given otherwise. The problem is, what if someone at the hiring firm is strongly into politics and favors the party that is opposite of your donation. They might make a wrong assumption about you solely because of a political donation.

It's easy to say 'to heck with that company, I don't want to work for them anyway if they make decisions based on politics'. But it could have been a perfect job for you in every way and maybe just 1 person that you would rarely deal (if you got the job) made the decision.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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Hr checks all the usual sites. Then if I really like a person for a job, I will personally go out online and dig even deeper. I'm looking for objectionable stuff - not only as a red flag but also to gauge good judgment. If someone doesn't have the sense to refrain from posting racist , sexist, homophobic, violent stuff than I don't want them, for a number of reasons
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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I'm the first line screener for my department (not in HR) and I Google your name, look for your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc., and do some research on any blogs you might have. My professional role is social media manager and prior to this, I worked in development research. You can find anything, and I am constantly amazed by what jobseekers have out there.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:17 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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We used to google the name and check facebook and myspace. It was sometimes quite a chore to discern which was the applicant and which was another person with the same name. (For example, I have a rather unusual first and last name, but if I google it, I've appeared in a B rated, soft porn horror flick. NOT.)
My birth name is shared by an retired actress in the adult film industry, who is approximately the same age as I am. I learned about this when I skipped my 10 yr high school reunion, and some former classmates tried to track me down on Google.

To avoid any possible problems with prospective employers, coworkers, networking connections, etc, I use my first and middle name professionally... At work, on my business cards, and all my professional 'branding', I am Wry-Gin Martini, not Wry Martini.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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I would not be surprised in potential staffing recruiters that I have interviewed with have looked me up via Facebook. I've typed in the first two letters of someones name in my serach box, and all of a sudden their profile populates within the search list.
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