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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ample reason to blog

Selena Dehne, of JIST Publishing online for The Career News sums up some good reasons to blog. It's about you and getting it right.


Employers turn to blogs to screen job seekers


INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- "Digging up digital dirt is rapidly
becoming one of the most popular and effective ways
for employers to weed through handfuls of job
candidates. According to a survey by ExecuNet, an
executive job search and networking organization, 75%
of recruiters use search engines to uncover
information about job seekers. Additionally, 26% have
admitted to eliminating candidates due to information
they discovered online.

From Facebook profiles featuring racy photos of
candidates to public arrest records, the one thing
standing between a perfectly qualified candidate and
the job of their dreams could be their digital dirt
drifting through cyber space. Therefore, job search
experts are aggressively warning job seekers to be
wary of their online presence.

With corporate recruiters and executive search firms
now using blogs as a prescreening tool for candidates,
you should consider creating an online journal to
demonstrate your skills, share your expertise, and
lend potential employers insight into your
personality. You can write about projects you are
working on, industry events, ongoing research, current
trends, new products, and evaluations. You can also
include articles or papers you have written, a bio,
project histories, a downloadable resume, and even
audio or video presentations."

What do the search engines say about you?

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