Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 3

We’ve been in the job board business for a long time, one thing we have learned is the more work you do to prepare for your job search, before you send out a single resume and cover letter, the smoother it will go. With that in mind, we created a quick 5-part series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 4 and Part 5) full of tips you can implement before beginning your job search.

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Video Transcript for “Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 3”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content, This is part three of our 5-part series (Part 1, Part 2) on tips that you should do before you start your job search. A lot of people get excited, they get their resume updated and they start sending it out there. Well, there are some things you should do first and that is what we are talking about today.job search tips before you start sending resumes

In part three, we are focusing on who you are, or who you appear to be, online.

In part two we talked about your social media profiles, but this is actually a little different. What I mean is, do a Google search for your name online and see what happens. Don’t pretend you’ve never done it, everyone has, I have, everybody does it.

Here’s why you do it.

If I do a search for my name, Brian Clapp, it comes with up with a steroid dealer who got busted in Texas and wrote all these articles about steroids and scammed all these people.

I know this, and I have been on interviews before where I have dealt with this objection before someone else found out or I just went ahead and brought it up. I’ve been with an HR rep and said “by the way when you check me out online, I’m not that steroid dealer guy” they have laughed and said back to me, “I noticed that guy and was wondering if that was going to be you.”

It made me realize how much effort HR people put into background information to try and figure out who you are before you ever step foot in the door.

So if there is some weird stuff connected toyour name, whether it is you or not, be ready to handle that objection. Realize that some data is out there that could influence their perception of you and make a plan for how you will deal with it. If they catch you off-guard and say something you aren’t ready for, it can make you look a little unprepared, you are better off addressing it yourself or having a plan to handle it should it come up in conversation.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


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