Get Your Ducks in a Row
As an employer, I have a right—indeed, a responsibility—to research everyone I might consider hiring for a job. I am looking for problems—the things that might eliminate the candidate. So you'd better believe I check each candidate's LinkedIn profile and Facebook page. I also search for them on Google, talk to their references, and talk to anyone in my network who may know—or knows someone who may know—the candidate. I'm looking to find the dirt, if there is any. This is standard operating procedure for all employers now. Your online presence and your reputation in your industry—that is, what people who know and have worked with you say about you—weigh very heavily in any employer's decision to hire you (or not).