Job Boards & Linked In: Your Employer May Be Looking, So Keep Things
Many employers routinely check Monster, Ladders, Linked
In and other resume banks to find out which of their employees are actively looking
If you’re employed, make sure
that your resumes are posted confidentially on the job boards, and be careful about how your Linked In profile reads.
Assume that whatever you put on the internet about
yourself can be seen by anyone.
We’ve all heard the stories about college kids losing job
offers when potential employers read their FaceBook pages.
The same thing can happen to you if you aren’t careful
about how your resume is posted on Monster, Career Builder, Ladders, Rite Site,
ExecuNet, Netshare or any of the other job boards.Some companies have their recruiting departments periodically search the
resume databases on these job boards to learn if any of their employees are
listed there.If you’re employed, make
your listing confidential.
In addition, don’t list your current employer if your identity can be
in any way determined from your current title and employer’s name (you may also
have to be careful about past employers, but that is not as critical).Instead of listing your title as Sr.
VP/Content, Job Magician, replace it with Sr. VP/Content (Editorial
Director), $240-million internet business information site.
You may also have to change your college name, if that
makes you identifiable.Wharton becomes:
MBA, top 5 business school.
Don’t click off Interested In … Career Opportunities on
Linked In.Linked In is both a networking and a job hunting tool (although I suspect
that a large percentage of the people who put their profiles on Linked In are
looking for jobs).In any case, don’t
think that only a select few can see your Linked In page.In most cases, anyone who types in your name
can see your page, regardless of whether or not you are in their network.If your boss wants to find out if you’re
looking, or just happens to look you up on Linked In and sees Interested In
Career Opportunities in your Contact Settings, your cover is blown.Take a good luck at your Linked In
profile.Make sure it looks like a networking
tool – and not a resume – unless you are out of work.
I shouldn’t have to say why your employer cares that
you’re looking, but some job hunters don’t know.When
they find out you’re looking, they’re
unlikely to give you a big raise and do what they can to keep you
there. More likely, you'll either get fired or go into the slow
maybe we’ll think about Jenny to run the Hong Kong office if she’s
next year, but we know that Allan John is probably never going to leave
maybe we should start grooming him for that position …”