In this second part of our ‘What Is An Employee Background Check?’ series we look at some ways in which to improve your public online search results and ensure that you have a good online professional image.
Is Binge Drinking Worse Than Grammar?
The aim is to have a high visibility for your professional profile from which recruiters and headhunters can backup your CV – along with your list of experiences and credentials – learn more about you through a more detailed and rich online experience, and in some cases to engage with you – Twitter can be a great networking tool for recruiters to discover more about and engage with candidates as part of the ‘vetting’ process. It is at this stage that recruiters and headhunters will be looking for a number of other key factors, including a candidates spelling and grammar; this is oftentimes overlooked, and whilst Twitter language is common place and widely accepted, other networking platforms require well written content – poor grammar is seen in some cases as being worse than a mention of binge drinking. Twitter is a place where many recruiters will connect with passive candidates, creating connections with these people and nurturing this professional relationship, with the aim of, at one stage or another, turning this individual into an employee of their company – so don’t scare them off with the use of bad spelling and incorrect punctuation.
Companies have turned to many of the available social networks to create careers pages and building a foundation from which to engage with potential employees, nurturing candidates and building on the companies own brand – providing people with an insight into what the company is like from an employees perspective and how great they are to work for. A great example of this is the Ernst & Young Careers Facebook Page, which provides users with a range of custom tabs from which to learn more about their ethos, student careers options and regular career opportunities. Another is the Sodexo USA Careers Twitter account, which focuses on sharing their YouTube videos and their blog posts.
Looking at the recruitment process from the recruiters and headhunters point-of-view should also allow you to better understand where you should be engaging online with the kind of industry knowledge and expertise that you have. As a Senior-Level Executive you will be dealing with very specialist recruiters and headhunters who specialise in hiring and recruiting candidates within particular industries. By focusing your efforts on the right social networks, forums, blogs and discussion boards you will be opening yourself up and engaging with the right people. Recruiters post jobs to groups and message prospects, oftentimes on a daily basis, so
the aim is to be active on the right professional networks and networking groups so that you too can get that career changing introduction – cleaver recruiters fish where the fish are!
The third part to this three-part post will come next week, so be sure to check back here to read more!