Who Is the “Real” Bill?

I had a very interesting, and somewhat unsettling, experience this week meeting a stranger who could — if genuine — greatly help a project that is very important to me. The problem: this stranger, while apparently an “important” person, is very nearly invisible online. Opportunity: Meet “Bill Jones” Via email and telephone, trusted colleagues introduced me […]

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Don’t Blow Your Job Auditions

View your LinkedIn Profile, LinkedIn Group participation, and ALL of your other online activities as auditions for a new job, even if you are not job hunting, because you are being watched — and judged — by what you do. You look very unappealing as a prospective employee when you are too casual in your […]

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Online Reputation and Your Job Search

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Ego Surfing or Smart Self-Defense

I recently asked someone contemplating a job search if he had Googled himself recently. He responded rather scornfully that he didn’t have time for “ego surfing.” He had better things to do. Interesting reaction. Not uncommon. And SO wrong!   Even if you have lived a perfect, blameless life, you need to know what Google (Bing, […]

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Job Search Problem: Why Submitting a Resume Isn’t Enough, and What You Can Do About It

Many job seekers have described to me that submitting a resume in today’s job market is mostly a banging-their-head-against-a-wall, extremely frustrating waste of time. You want that resume to get you into an interview, but it doesn’t.  I think this could be why:     80% of employers Google job seekers before inviting them into an interview! * […]

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Critical NEW Job Search Skill: Reputation Management or Recovery

The old Las Vegas marketing line, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” has morphed into “What happens in Vegas, stays in Google (and Bing, et al.).”  Leading a “perfect” life – very low-profile, never breaking any laws, never participating in any form of social media, never doing anything that might draw negative attention, does […]

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You Are Being Watched! And Judged!

Yes, you ARE being watched!  What you write (or say) online “can be used against you” in the court of public opinion or in the privacy of an employer’s or a recruiter’s office.  Yet, it appears that too many people are not aware that what they do online, in the “privacy” of their social media […]

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