A new report has found that the search for top executives to lead in nearly all sectors continues despite concerns over the financial stability of the U.S. and European economies.

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That cute, affable guy who brags of his drunken exploits on
FaceBook.com may be meeting a lot of other partiers online, but
he’s probably not getting added to the “friends” lists of many
corporate recruiters. A recent study by the executive search firm
ExecuNet found that 77 percent of recruiters run searches of
candidates on the Web to screen applicants; 35 percent of these
same recruiters say they’ve eliminated a candidate based on the
information they uncovered.
“You’d be surprised at what I’ve seen when researching
candidates,” says Gail, a recruiter at a Fortune 500 company who
recently began looking up potential hires on the Web. “We were
having a tough time deciding between two candidates until I found
the profile of one of them on MySpace. It boasted a photo of her
lounging on a hammock in a bikini, listed her interests as ‘having
a good time’ and her sex as ‘yes, please.’ Not quite what we were
looking for.”
“Another time I went to a candidate’s site and found racial
slurs and jokes,” Gail continues. “And there was yet another
instance where a candidate told me he was currently working for a
company, yet he left a comment on a friend’s profile about how it
‘sucked’ to be laid off, and how much fun it was to be
unemployed!”
As the amount of personal information available online grows,
first impressions are being formed long before the interview
process begins, warns David Opton, ExecuNet CEO and founder. “Given
the implications and the shelf-life of Internet content, managing
your online image is something everyone should address –
regardless of whether or not you’re in a job search,” he says.
Because the risks don’t stop once you’re hired.
Twenty-three-year old Kara recently took a job as a management
consultant at a high-profile practice in the Los Angeles area. An
Ohio native, with no friends or family on the West Coast, Kara put
up a profile on MySpace in the hopes of meeting new people.
Kara was judicious in how she set up her site: “I didn’t fill
out that cheesy questionnaire many people post, where you describe
your best feature and say whether or not you shower every day.” she
says. “I used a photo that was flattering but not at all
provocative and was even careful what music I chose.”
Within a few months, Kara met many others online who shared her
interest in biking and water sports. One Friday morning, Kara
decided to call in sick and go surfing with a few of her new pals.
That weekend, unbeknownst to Kara, her friend posted some of the
day’s pictures on her profile and sent Kara a message saying, “We
should call in sick more often.”
Unfortunately for Kara, her boss happened to be patrolling
MySpace to check up on her college-age daughter and came across
Kara’s site and the dated photos!
Mortified, Kara says she learned an important lesson — not only
about honesty, but about how small the world of online social
networking can be and how little control you have over any
information put out there.
Not all employers search candidates and employees online, but
the trend is growing. Don’t let online social networking deep-six
your career opportunities. Protect your image by following these
simple tips:
  1. Be careful. Nothing is private. Don’t post
    anything on your site or your “friends” sites you wouldn’t want a
    prospective employer to see. Derogatory comments, revealing or
    risqué photos, foul language and lewd jokes all will be viewed as a
    reflection of your character.
  2. Be discreet. If your network offers the
    option, consider setting your profile to “private,” so that it is
    viewable only by friends of your choosing. And since you can’t
    control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the
    “block comments” feature. Remember, everything on the Internet is
    archived, and there is no eraser!
  3. Be prepared. Check your profile regularly to
    see what comments have been posted. Use a search engine to look for
    online records of yourself to see what is out there about you. If
    you find information you feel could be detrimental to your
    candidacy or career, see about getting it removed — and make sure
    you have an answer ready to counter or explain “digital dirt.”
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com

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by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
resume:
  1. Renew Often
    One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
    the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
    by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
  2. Target Your Resume Title
    The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
    Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
    look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It’s
    best to include the specific job title you’re pursuing, along with
    a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
    carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
    • Network Administrator – CNA Specializing in NetWare – 5 Years’
      Experience
    • Technical Sales Representative – Maximizing Sales for the
      Technology Industry
    • Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years’
      Experience
  3. Maximize Your Keywords
    One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
    receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
    research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
    talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
    managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
    incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
    include keywords that don’t appear elsewhere in the document.
  4. Show You Care About Employers’ Needs
    If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
    objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
    Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
    • Before: A challenging position with a large
      firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
      working environment.
    • After: Customer service or front-desk position
      providing world-class service to international guests.
  5. Proofread
    Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
    employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
    thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
    open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
    show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
    proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
  6. Invest in Your Resume
    Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
    the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
    graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry
    icons.
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