Research by ExecuNet indicated that 83 percent of recruiters looked online to verify information that they had found on a resume. Based on that, 43 percent eliminated a candidate.
Furthermore 16 percent of corporate recruiters and 20 percent of search firm professionals identify their strongest candidates online.
While the research doesn’t show a trend, it is clear that this wasn’t the case five years ago when social networking, blogs and online recruitment weren’t as large as they are today.
70 percent of executive recruiters said that if they found positive information on a candidate online then their recruitment prospects improve.
What this means is that if you don’t exist online then you are becoming more marginalized by the day as people looking to employ your full time or consulting services do background checks by typing your name into Google.
If you haven’t already, type your name into a search engine and see what comes up. Would you employ you?