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Are You Delusional?   2 comments


Are You Delusional?

I was watching Criminal Minds the other night and, if you are familiar with the show you know that there are quotes randomly mentioned throughout each episode.  This particular one, mentioned at the very beginning, caused me to put the remote down and stop surfing the channels. 

 “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw never used LinkedIn but this quote really got me thinking.  We accept the invite on LinkedIn and consider the relationship solidified.  I have been speaking with so many Recruiters about the importance of Social Media and Networking.  How important it is to reach out to the people within their network after that invitation has been accepted.  Just because you are now ‘connected’ doesn’t mean that a connection has been made.  Although no communication has taken place, we are under the impression we have really earned a ‘friend’.  It is, in fact, an illusion.

Don’t slam that door once it has been opened for you.  If you are going to take the time to use the social media tools that are available, and I highly advise you to do so, learn how to do it properly so that you aren’t wasting your time.  As you are growing your network, learn about what is truly available within it.  Why else would you take the time to send out the invites?  Do you realize how valuable your network can be?  Yes, you do or you never would have set up the account in the first place.  If only you would unlock its true potential.  Once you do, you can then begin to reap the rewards of your efforts. 

If you are having problems getting started or have questions that you would like answered ask me.  I am more than happy to help.  That is what I am here for. 

And just so you know, I live by two philosophies: 

1)  The only stupid questions are those that are unasked and left unanswered.

2)  If you are not making mistakes, how do you expect to learn?

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Lea McKay

Recruiter’s Career Coach

RBS Staffing – Managing Partner

lmckay@rbs-staffing.com

613-256-6301

https://leamckay.wordpress.com

What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You   1 comment


 

Have you ever done a Google Search on yourself?  Any ideas on what you would find?  Imagine you have the perfect candidate or the perfect client.   What are they going to find?

In today’s cyber world, where you are virtually searching for candidates, your candidates are searching for you, as are your clients.  You can never be too careful about what is being posted about you.  Just because you have tools that you use for ‘business’ and those that you have for ‘personal’ use does not mean that they aren’t cross viewed.   There has been a major transformation in the recruiting industry and a higher percentage are turning to social media tools to find the right match, be it a candidate or client.

Like it or not, this is the way of our world now.  Cameras the size of credit cards that can capture photos and video are everywhere and people are uploading the information for all of Cyber Land to view.  Even those X-rated pictures that were taken 10 years ago in university that you thought no one had copies of or even knew about, surprise!  And it isn’t just someone, it is ANYONE.  Once posted, they are now present for everyone’s viewing pleasure and critiquing.

I am pretty lucky.  I haven’t done anything, at least not yet, deemed horrifically exciting enough to deface my name or reputation.   When I Googled myself, I found the usual hits that I would expect to appear.  There are however, numerous stories of people with more common names that have humourous, annoying or less than desired results returned.   Regardless of the reputation you are aiming for, this can affect your identity and/or brand and possibly even your career. 

With all that is out there, what is one supposed to do? 

First, ensure that you are aware of what exactly ‘your name’ is doing on the web.   I would highly recommend that you set up a Google Alert for your name, http://www.google.com/alerts.  This will have an email sent to your attention whenever your name, or whatever you ask to be alerted about, turns up on the internet.   

If this activity surrounding your name is creating a poor reputation for yourself and causing concern, the best strategy is to post new information on the popular sitesThrough the creation of more up to date information you may appear at the top of the search forcing the old information lower on the results page.  (Notice I said may).  Add or create some profiles: Google, My Space, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or even a Blog.  There are lots out of tools out there!

Should you care? 

I guess that is a question that every individual in every type of business would answer differently.    All I can tell you is that if you have a strong web presence, you have more control over how your reputation and you appear on the web.  If my future employer was cruising Cyber Space to find out any extra information on me, I would definitely want to know what they were seeing.  At least then I could be prepared to answer anything that might come up in my interview.  No  matter how horrifying!   

Google your name, take control and be prepared.  What you don’t know, could hurt you.  

 

(There are other steps but they seemed like A LOT of work with results that took A LONG time to actually take place.  Plus, I am sure that if you were being impacted that negatively, you would look elsewhere besides a blog so I decided not to bore you or insult your intelligence.)