Recruiter’s point of view

If you are a job-seeker or wish to change your job & even if you are expecting recruiters to call you unexpectedly, you will have to take care of your profiles over the web.

If you are none of the above, kindly do not read any further.

JOB, everyone dreams about getting a good job… and for that study hard, do certifications, attend personality development classes and what not… But there is a major aspect in day to day life which you might tend to miss while busy trying to stand out from the crowd to be noticed. It is your own personality over the “internet”. Since interview processes give a very small time window to assess the individual’s capabilities and alignment to the organisation’s values and culture,getting to know them a bit more personally helps.“Social media searches give insights into aspects of the candidate that are not normally mentioned on their resumes. However, not everything of the web can be trusted.“It is also important to realise that the social media profiles of individuals are channels of self-expressions. They cannot be taken as formal documents of submission for review. Sometimes, some information needs to be deliberately ignored in order to ensure that the decision isn’t discriminatory in nature. The search can be conducted by the HR and a report highlighting the red flags can be submitted to the person who will make the final decision.What can constitute as a red flag? 1) drug references; 2) defamatory speech towards the company/customers; 3) a high volume of status updates,which could signal a lack of productivity at work and 4) explicit photos – to name a few. “The hirers may want to make sure that they will not be exposed to litigation/embarrassments by hiring persons who are prone to exhibiting highly deviant behaviour on social sites.

The search is generally a step-wise procedure which generally consists of the following:

  1. Candidate’s full name is searched on – Basic Search Engine search
  2. Google generally generates, the links to the profile over social networking websites – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, BlogSpot, Digg, WordPress, Orkut etc.
  3. Facebook settings, if not private, may expose almost all the content on your profile. – Facebook Assessment over the kind of social circle you maintain & posts from you
  4. Twitter is open to all on a maximum note & whatever you generally tweet about, counts. – Watch what you write, it might get assessed
  5. LinkedIn profile should be up to date and should match your Resume also. – First cross-check is here
  6. Blogspot/Wordpress or other blog-profiles are closely watched for the type of content you write about. – Blog is a clear representation of what kind of attitude you carry in life.
  7. What kind of links are you looking & sharing go up on the digg! – Share with safety

After doing a thorough research, the above data is again reviewed for the generic things like, pictures, links, videos, audio’s(if any), volume of activeness, awareness of the social market. It can be sometimes hard on your career, if you are quite frank in expressing yourself over the web but on the other hand it can sometimes, increase your chances. It completely depends upon the person, who is judging you. Of course, these profiles are not the final sayer’s in the decision making but they effect it by more than 50%.

So, effective today, stay focused, stay in a closed group, stay calm on social issues, give your opinion with a disclaimer and most importantly, take care of the pictures which you are posting. Below picture can explain much of the things, if you think it makes you look cool, having your profile over everything, please, watch it, it might eat you up.


Resolution’s Remembrance

When we talk about a new beginning, an end is sure, even if we don’t talk about it. This is what generally happens, exceptional cases; please do not read any further. 

So, whenever there is a new start, people swear to do something & also swear not to do somethings… I remember when I was a kid, whenever I was promoted to a new grade, my parents use to buy me a new school uniform, a new bag, new designer labels, lunch boxes, water bottles, shoes, socks & what not… and I use to swear to my mom that this year I am going to be on Rank 1 & as the year gets regular, bullshit about Rank 1 & the person on Rank 1, lets play!!! And I still managed to pass the exams & get promoted to the next grade but hopelessly, I forget all the resolutions/swears of the earlier year, just hoping that I follow my own resolutions of next grade.

This goes on with every other kid, at least I can sort 7 out of 10, leaving behind the nerds 🙂 Now, when we grow up, gradually, we take up even more responsibilities, more challenges and new resolutions are awaiting us at every turn of life. This is not a conspiracy of life but a way to live it. When we make promises, we keep some, we break some… only mistake is that we don’t try harder…!  The word “Resolution” is very near to what a “Promise” is. The only difference is that Resolution is something which is 99% made to self & promise can be made to anybody. And so, on the new year “2012” on approach, I’ll take you through some common & uncommon resolutions for the remaining “2011” & coming “2012”, not necessarily, exactly related to your life but somewhere the chords would rhyme & if you feel so, like the post 🙂

For the rest of 2011, it would be a reminder that you still haven’t lost all the time, if you want to make something of it, start the moment you finish reading this… And for 2012, don’t be as late as you are for 2011, therefore, start planning & make it happen…

1) Did you pay a visit to someone whom you wanted to? (Can be anyone, even God) #2011

2) Did you write an short-term goals in a diary? Where is that? Find & read it & make it happen. #2011

3) Did you save money for your children? Where is that? #2011 #2012

4) Did you buy an insurance policy? #2011 #2012

5) Did someone leave you and has not returned yet? Call him/her… #2011 & if you are unable to make the call, swear NOT to call in #2012

6) Did you leave someone & have not returned to him/her yet? … #2011, resolve it, if not, forget him/her for good #2012

7) Did you borrow or lend any money? #2011, if so give it or at least make a commitment and if lent, get it back or at least ask for it…

8) Were you thought of buying a vehicle? #2011, Financial Crisis? Buy a small one for now & at least try to complete the remaining portion of the work for the big one #2012

9) Did you make any mistake, you regret? #2011, accept and apologize it before entering #2012 & peace would be on it’s way

10) What is your Rank? #2011… Have you made any commitments to your parents? fulfill each word you uttered in these regards #2012

11) Did you learn something new? #2011, share it #2012

12) Make home or Make feel home for the new member #2012

13) No Drinking? No Smoking #2011… What’s the status today? Fix it, #2012

14) Did you store something useful & wished to read about it later? #2011, find it, read it #2012

15) Loved anyone? #2011, did you tell him/her? Do it before you enter #2012

Be it work, be it home, if you have prepared a resolution, work towards it, if you have to prepare a resolution, look back and analyze your own do’s and don’ts, if you feel there is a gap somewhere, do everything you can, to bridge it. And remember the bottom line, resolution once made, cannot be taken back. You may have tried, you just have to try harder and rest will be GRANTED by God!

Its a Good Life, there can be a lot to compliant about but there is twice good as much as bad in this world, so either get busy “living” or get busy “dying”

Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to come… *PEACE*