Social media has revolutionized the way IT recruiting companies operate. From sourcing candidates, to background checks, to the type of jobs that come across our desks, IT Recruiters use these resources daily. Just the other day a position came in for a client looking for an applications developer. Like every other opportunity we receive, our technical recruiters began pounding the pavement in search of the perfect candidate. After an extensive search we were sure we found him: young, bright, articulate, vast experience in social media and more specifically – applicable applications development exposure.
Unfortunately for the candidate, the access IT staffing firms have can be both a blessing and a curse. While it led us to this talented individual, it also led us to information he wouldn’t have wanted us to find. Information that portrayed him as a person we would not want to represent our IT Recruiting Agency. This was information that ultimately cost him the IT job.
This unpleasant outcome happens all too often. People are constantly cautioned to filter what they put on the internet, and as IT Recruiters we can only reinforce that message. It has become too easy to uncover damaging info and regardless of privacy settings or controls, there are ways to find anything. As a successful IT recruiting company with years of experience under our belt, I can guarantee you we will do the research before submitting any candidate. Before we can agree to put AVID Technical Resources on your credentials, we must be sure it’s a safe investment.
Our advice? Google yourself. Get rid of anything questionable. Don’t rely on privacy controls. If it’s there, IT staffing agencies will find it. You want to be portrayed in the best light to land that perfect IT job. Your fate is in your hands.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.