It’s not uncommon for hiring companies to use online resources to scan candidates during the application process. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all easily accessible social networks that can help managers and recruiters get a better understanding of who the applicant really is outside of their resume.
In addition, there are outside screening companies that have specific software that can go beyond the initial glance of a social media profile. Applicants for companies of all sizes are subject to this kind of background check.
So, while you think you have blocked or deleted those embarrassing online posts or photos, search engines have not. Search engines, such as Google, index everything with your full name attached, and the information is readily available given the changing privacy settings and screening software used by potential employers.
Don’t freak out just yet! You can clean up your online profiles, but it will take some work. Follow these 3 easy steps to get started: