Warning: That Rant You Posted Just Went Viral!

April 20, 2010 at 6:44 am 27 comments

Recently, I read a series of discussion posts on a Yahoo Group website affiliated with a large, well-known job-seekers organization. The topic of the discussion was Unemployment Compensation, and the then-current legislative debate regarding whether or not to pass extensions to the existing benefits for the masses of unemployed workers during this historic and unprecedented economic downturn. The discussion quickly devolved into a nasty argument when one person ranted that “too many are looking more for government handouts than actually finding a job” and called them “jerks.” The name-calling and insults then flew back and forth. As I read this, my mouth hung open with astonishment at how utterly stupid these people were being. It was not the content of the argument that got to me – it was the totally unprofessional and immature tone of the comments. These people had their names and email addresses attached to those messages!!! And yet they seemingly had given no thought at all to how those juvenile comments made them look to other readers.

Now, that particular Yahoo Group is a “members-only” forum, so technically only people who belong to that group were able to read the messages. However, the fact is that any one of its 3,000+ members could have easily copied any of those messages into an email and forwarded them on to anyone else in the world – effectively starting them on the path to going viral. I wondered if any of those name-calling job-seekers believe that any hiring manager, HR professional or recruiter (many of whom, like myself, actually belong to that very same group) would ever actually consider hiring them after seeing those immature, mud-slinging postings? Anyone who read those messages will likely remember those people’s names. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

I still remember a particular candidate a couple of years ago who was unhappy with the responses he was getting from one of my colleagues at the recruiting firm we worked for. He sent a long, nasty, ranting email to that recruiter, which culminated in him calling him an “asshat.” That term was so unusual, and so funny sounding … well, most of us in the office had never actually heard it before! That email was eventually forwarded over and over and over to almost every one of the hundreds of recruiters who worked at our firm across the country. His name became notorious as “the asshat guy” who no one would ever want to work with. Needless to say, that candidate was never considered for any future positions we worked on. (If you must know, here’s the definition of “asshat” from: THE URBAN DICTIONARY.)

Ever since my kids were old enough to type on a computer or use a cell phone, I regularly gave them this standard warning: never post or send anything anywhere (emails, texts, photos, videos, wall messages, comments, tweets, etc.) that you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper! Never assume that anything you do online is private – such a concept simply does not exist on the web. Do you think that the embarrassing email or memo you wrote, or the photo you posted online or sent to someone’s smart phone is not a problem now because you already trashed it? Well, guess what … anything you delete on your end can easily be resurrected on the other end – or at the ISP’s servers – at some later date and come back to bite you. (Just ask any executive from Microsoft or Toyota!)

There are countless stories out there about potential employers checking out the Facebook profiles of candidates, and eliminating people based on inappropriate material they found! Background-checking firms are regularly hired now by many companies to sleuth out any incriminating digital material on potential candidates. They do this by searching public and private records, and from mining other more deeply embedded data resources on the internet. Pretty much anything that has ever lived online or on your smart phone at any time is searchable if you have the right technology. Any fan of Law and Order, CSI or Criminal Minds knows how that works. Much of this insidious telltale information can also readily be found by even casual users on Google, social networking sites, blogs, message boards, video sharing sites and photo sharing sites.

Here’s something really scary: go to www.pipl.com and type in your own name, city and state … and see what comes up. It will reveal your birthdate records, public court records, traffic violations, credit and bankruptcy information, personal and professional business reports, miscellaneous profiles, photos, videos, and all manner of other web-based connections or references to you, your email address, your phone number or your various usernames! Some of the listings shown require a fee to access, but a lot of them are totally free for anyone to view. The information in those listings may not even be accurate, which is an even bigger problem. To collect this information, they claim to be mining something called “The Deep Web.” And this is all now available on a public website! Imagine what a professional background-checking company can uncover!

And in this age of YouTube and 24-hour news cycles, all it takes is a few random moments of stupid behavior performed in the presence of someone with a cell-phone camera to forever enshrine someone in the Hall of Shame that brands them as a fool for all the world to see! Your most embarrassing and potentially career-devastating moments can instantly go viral. Now granted, many of those YouTube “stars” have been able to actually capitalize on their “15 minutes of fame.” However, there are literally tens of thousands of examples of viral videos that have caused people anguish and regret for their moments of unguarded idiocy. Stupid Human Tricks have become a national pastime.

For job-seekers, the message should be clear: watch what you say, do, write, post, record or transmit – anywhere and everywhere. The whole world is pretty much always watching … and that includes your potential next employers!

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  • 1. Sheila  |  April 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Wow! Really scary! I have always been very careful about safeguarding my privacy – or so I thought. I looked myself up on pipl as you suggested and was absolutely stunned at the number of references, both accurate and inaccurate. My address, date of birth, marital status, hobbies, political affiliations, you name it. All this information is available to anybody for free. And for somebody willing to spend a very modest amount, they can find about virtually everything else. Your privacy is an open book to any fool with a credit card. How absolutely terrifying. George Orwell got it wrong. 1984 has come and gone. We are all Big Brother.

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  • 2. SoTxRecruiter  |  April 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Michael, this is so relevant in today’s market. I felt like a babysitter…I was constantly monitoring candidates’ social presence. And, then it hit me. Grow up! I now tell them in the initial interview to keep it clean now and evermore or we cannot work together.

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  • 3. Dawn  |  April 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I too saw the comments and was taken back. It is a shame when people allow emotion to take hold and forget about how to be professional with comments. Thank you for the reminder.

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  • 4. Rick Balsiger  |  April 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Michael, you are so right! I try & remind candidates of that often. It’s also a great reminder for others that may be leaders & representatives of their company.

    I too, am astonished at the tenor & tone of many of these conversations–some even on LinkedIn. It’s one thing to be passionate about what we believe. It’s quite another to approach it so downright nasty & mean-spirited. It’s not only incredibly unprofessional but to your point, those comments could easily take on a life of their own & be very damaging to that person in the future. (In today’s world, everything we say & do is just a “tweet” or email blast away.)

    Great post–thanks!
    Rick

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  • 5. Cindy Caldwell  |  April 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Great article — funny but very informative!

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  • 6. Chris Pierdominici  |  April 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Michael – very true not only of job searching posts, but of ANY posts online these days, as you never how far those comments may travel and who may be reading them.

    A good rule of thumb should be “if you wouldn’t say it someone you’re with in polite company, don’t say it online”. Not only is this good netiquette, it’s also just good sense anywhere in life.

    It’s aggravating how so many people think that it’s OK to drop civility these days, but particularly online…maybe I’m “old school” for believing that, but that’s the way I was raised.

    The Pipl site is very interesting and disturbing, as is the Intelius site.

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  • 7. Bob Jackson  |  April 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    2007: Optimism has been replaced by Hope.
    2008: Hope has been replaced by reality.
    2009: Reality has been replaced by frustration.
    2010: Frustration has been replaced by anger.

    We all need to be careful with whom and with the way we express ourselves

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  • 8. Rick  |  April 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Well said Michael!

    I too was amazed and shocked at how quickly an innocent comment turned south so fast! I can clearly understand the frustration of everyone in this situation of being unemployed, no job prospects in the near future, or not getting the interview/job, having to support their family, and then reading something into nothing that may or may not pertain to them – these are scary times. There are many times I would like to respond and tell these individuals to “grow-up” (in more eloquent words of course) but then I realize that these people are in the valley of their job hunting roller coaster ride and this phase will pass as the next upward swing is quickly approaching. However, as you pointed out the damage is done, their name and reputation is now associated with their negativity and will be forever (or at least as long as the Internet is alive).

    Thank you for your kindness in responding to these individuals and for all your helpful articles for us job seekers. It may not be said often, but we do appreciate your efforts.

    Take care,

    Rick

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  • 9. John  |  April 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I was “fortunate” to be privy to that same discussion and was also shocked at how quickly it devolved. I can certainly empathize with the frustration they feel, but their method of expressing it was totally wrong. Worse yet, as you point out, the fact that it was online gives companies and recruiters (bad) insight into their personalities.

    Your advice to job-seekers is also prudent advice to everyone. Consider your actions/responses at all time because the world is watching now, more than ever.

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  • 10. Ollezaza  |  April 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    In fact, I see this issue another way. I think the condemnation of the commenters here is misdirected. Here’s why.

    Online communities (eg Yahoo Groups) vs. social networking sites (eg LinkedIn)

    Online communities were and are designed to have free-flowing, OPEN discussion (even if the forum is members-only)–about anything, in any manner you like. You can rant, spew, joke, pontificate all you want.

    If you’re going to participate in such a space, it’s best that you use an ‘alias’ {ala ‘Ollezaza’} thus masking your true identity. By doing this, the membership is maintaining and nurturing a space to have free speech and free thought.

    If the members in that Yahoo group aren’t using aliases, then they are foolish. But they are still saved because the forum is members-only, thus the comments won’t appear in a web search.

    (BTW Forwarding content and then using it to accuse someone of a misdeed won’t work on the Web, especially not in the 21st Century. It’s far to easy to modify copied content, and everybody knows this. You have heard of the term “photoshopping”?? No one’s online reputation is gonna be ruined, much less damaged, by 3rd-hand accusations.)

    Onward…

    There’re only two Netiquettes in the ‘online community’ space that are usually followed (especially if enforced by a good forum moderator): keep on topic, no matter how angry or disgusted you get about and IN the discussion; don’t throw *personal* attacks (that is: attack the issues, not the person).

    It’s true that in that Yahoo group, Rule Two was broken. But that still doesn’t mean that the members should self-censor themselves; because…it is a members-only forum. Feel free.

    if you wouldn’t say it someone you’re with in polite company, don’t say it online
    No, that’s a bad rule–for an online community.

    Why? Consider, the difference between online communities and social networking sites, like LinkedIn, is that the social sites are not truly open. Sure you can say almost anything you want, but your comments are under scrutiny to the entire network, and possibly the entire Web. Your words can be held against you now or in the Future, by people who had no direct connection to where you made the comments.

    Worse, people (except maybe the under-30 crowd) are not being fully free in discussion on social networking sites because IMAGE is more important than OPINION. LinkedIn is a perfect example of this.

    You can see this for yourself on LI Groups. Look at how dead most discussion sections are. Most entries are simply links to “social marketing” content; others are contributions without any replies. And no one will comment, unless it’s going to enhance their Image.

    Even long or active threads where there are tense feelings, most contributors are blasé, not wanting to appear too aggressive or passionate on either side on an issue.

    Discussion spaces are the weakest link for social networking sites, because almost no member is willing to *seriously* say anything that will be considered offensive or incendiary (they will do it for a laugh, for example).

    The final point is this: we can find the behavior of members immature even deplorable, but depending on the forum created for discussion, we have to respect the openness and freedom provided for that discussion.

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    • 11. Michael Spiro  |  April 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      Ollezaza:
      You certainly have an interesting point of view – and I can’t say I disagree with most of what you say. The one point I’d like to make in reply is that in a forum made up primarily of job-seekers … the “Rules of Netiquette” might be a bit more restrictive than in other online communities. That’s because job-seekers are in a more vulnerable position where anything they say might be seen by a potential employer … and as such, any prudent participant would want to protect their reputation and remain professional – and certainly would not wish appear inflammatory or confrontational. I suppose that using an alias like “Ollezaza” is one way around that issue … but some groups insist on participants using their true identities. Also, joining a job-seeking group using an alias to disguise your identity sort of defeats the entire purpose of being in that group in the first place (i.e. marketing yourself, networking with others and actually finding a job!) In any case, resorting to name-calling, or making an attack personal, as you pointed out, is never acceptable. Anyway – thanks for your unique prospective!
      -Michael

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      • 12. Ollezaza  |  April 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

        Michael:
        Agreed, a job-seeking group is no place for that type of behavior.

        I guess the members forgot or didn’t take note that although they are in an online community space, they have to behave in a social -able networking manner.

        Thank you and the other commenters for sharing the story, warning, and advice.

  • 13. Chris Zakelj  |  April 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Welcome to the internet 😉 Sadly, what you experienced is pretty much the way of things on public forums, as most folks either don’t know or don’t care that what they say will forever be enshrined in the search engines of Google and the rest.

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  • 14. John Hadley  |  April 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Michael:
    Excellent observation.

    So many people forget that what they are posting to on-line networks can make or break their reputaions. It is so important to guard your professional image, so that people consistently see that you are the sort of professional they want to associate with.

    If you rant and rave, potential contacts are likely to see you as toxic and avoid you. If you complain, people will be hesitant to open up their networks to you.

    If you are generally professional, but then let down your guard in a posting and reveal a poor attititude, bad work ethic, negative information about your past, you can undo all of the good you did before.

    I recall someone who was doing just that in postings to a large networking group, and actually found herself ‘flamed’ by members of the group!

    If you do cross the line into less-than-professional behavior, it is likely you won’t even realize the extent to which it is holding you back. After all, how will you notice all of the networking contacts that you DON’T receive?

    For more on guarding your professional image, see this article:

    http://www.JHACareers.com/GuardYourProfessionalImage.htm

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  • 15. C.F.  |  April 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

    WOW! That is some serious anger! These are trying and stressful times for a lot of us job seekers, but no reason to get belligerent and form personal attacks.

    I am actually part of the Yahoo Job Group in question & received the email Michael is talking about. Good thing I am not an HR Professional, as I can tell you I will never forget this individual’s name. I know I never want to work with them!
    __________________________________________________
    Michael — Thank you for your blog comments. Very timely and very enlightening. I have referred others to subscribe to your insights as well.

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  • 16. Karen Whitehead  |  April 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Great advice Michael!

    Best,
    Karen

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  • 17. Greg  |  April 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Great posting

    It’s also amazing how difficult it is to remove these negative comments and threads. Once someone has put out the ‘stupid’ or ‘immature’ comments, they are out there. Also, there are new services that people and organizations use just focused around reputation management.

    I completely agree with you that people have to be careful with their online behavior because it completely reflects on who they are off-line. Beyond rants, consider the importance of how facebook, myspace and other social media is used too.

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  • 18. Greg  |  April 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    It’s not just job seeking that one must consider before posting, its any business contact. How embarrassing would it be to see the look of recognition that you are the author of any such unprofessional post; on the face of a potential new client?

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  • 19. Marie-José Renaud  |  April 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I’m lucky in that in my field they don’t seem to look up prospectives on the net. Still, it’s public and people should be careful. It’s like those people who share absolutely everything with their friends on Facebook, and everyone is their friend.

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  • 20. J. L. Carroll  |  April 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Your comments are spot on. People need to remember the simple lessons they should have learned in communication 101.

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  • 21. Tina Romano-Allen  |  April 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Michael,
    I saw that same flurry of postings on the job-seeking group’s website and was appalled. I applaud your comments. Amazing how easy it is to be rude or opinionated when you are hiding behind words.

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  • 22. Ann-Louise Truschel - DESERT WRITER  |  April 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Amen to that.

    Hopefully, if enough people bring attention to the fact that “What you post on the WORLD WIDE WEB is NOT a secret,” folks will become more circumspect about what they reveal about themselves.

    Indiscrete postings have cost people jobs and, in a recent incident, got somebody’s house burglarized (by a Facebook “friend”) while she was on a vacation that she announced on her Facebook page.

    Last but not least: The person you badmouth in a post today may be the hiring manager you interview with tomorrow.

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  • 23. Jonathan  |  May 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you for this post Michael. I know that in college it would always shock me how many of my friends either made lewd or discriminatory remarks on Facebook or posted pictures of them drinking alcohol, smoking pot, or engaging in other forms of debauchery. My generation has been very quick to jump on social media, which isn’t a bad thing, but, since this is a brand new frontier, not many people have educated them properly how to use it. When you’re little you learn never to get in a car with a stranger or take unwrapped candy on Halloween, but parents and/or mentors have much more trouble advising about social media, since they know less than the younger generation about the media.

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  • 24. Chris  |  May 11, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I would like to think people can have a rude, obnoxious temper tantrum from time to time and yet be excellent friends & employees in real life. Nonetheless, it is good to be reminded that we live in a reality where such mistakes are no longer allowed and thus we have to be careful. Extremely careful.
    Question: I notice some of the info about me in pipl is inaccurate. Is there any way to petition to have any of it changed? I imagine the actual public records are correct for me, but the search engine or the way the info is compiled is wrong. In my case, it’s probably not a big deal, but who knows what little things a potential employer might actually be looking for – or more scary, what inaccuracy it might report upon another query next month. This “service” could indeed be seriously damaging a person’s job search without them even knowing about it.

    My advice for those with a hot temper:
    1) The length of time you should wait before pushing “send” or “submit” should be proportional to how strongly you feel about the topic.
    2) Join a formal debate club as an outlet for topics you feel passionate about and to learn how to organize your thoughts.

    Although I am not at all a hot head, I do enjoy online debate. It’s like a strategy game for me; it sharpens my mind and encourages me to learn subjects in depth. To indulge in this hobby I’ve joined 2 carefully moderated forums specifically for debating certain hot button topics (Politics & religion). If I read or hear something frustrating or interesting online or in “real life”, I occasionally present it to the forum as a debate topic. This has served as a useful outlet for me and keeps all such discussions anonymous and away from other arenas. This is critical since the topics I enjoy debating are so divisive and I’m in a field where passion is not as valued as stability. (AKA: “Bland”)
    I made the mistake of having a debate on Facebook with a good friend of mine once. We both thought it was fun and expected people to comment in kind. But, they did not. I had to remind myself that this is the age in which people are angry that politicians practice politics and are not comfortable with debate no matter how formal, how polite or how carefully presented it is. Once I realized others on Facebook thought we disliked each other, I erased the conversation & have never done it again. I’m now carefully evaluating if I will associate myself with ANY form of conflict or controversy online – even though I believe conflict management is a critical professional skill and conflict & debate is necessary for a healthy, innovative organization. (There is nothing but sea of silently nodding heads in a room full of perfectly agreeable people.)

    Nonetheless, I NEVER indulge in name calling partly because it’s not my style or personality, but also because Ad Hominem attacks are an instant disqualification in a debate match. Thus, I encourage people who are prone to strong feelings on a particular topic find a more formal outlet and learn the rules of presenting a good argument. I’ve seen many obnoxious name-calling newbies develop into more thoughtful debaters once they settled down and learned they could communicate more effectively or perhaps even “win” only by careful adherence to the rules. A surprising number of people we may otherwise think of as hopeless, obnoxious, ranters would actually prefer to be taken seriously. However, surprisingly few people actually know about logical fallacies or how to organize a good argument. If they did, I think some of the flaming we see in forums would probably ease up.
    Having said all that:
    Ollezaza wrote: “..And no one will comment, unless it’s going to enhance their Image…”
    That is a major conundrum. I’m at this moment overhauling my job seeking efforts – part of which has included looking at how others have created their networks and how they present themselves etc.. What I’m finding is a tremendous amount of insincerity on the part of most people writing blogs and sharing about themselves. It’s all about them and their grand accomplishments in life – billboards, not people. I’m not surprised. I’m not perplexed. But I am disappointed. I don’t like the style of ranting referred to in the Yahoo Groups – it’s obnoxious and mean spirited – but on the other hand, neither do I like the fakey presentations I’m seeing. I enjoy honest, sincere people.
    On the other hand, perhaps in reality, the people reviewing my profile(s) don’t have time to be anything but shallow. I honestly don’t know.
    Thanks again Michael!

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    • 25. Michael Spiro  |  May 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

      Chris:
      Regarding your question about correcting misinformation reported on pipl … good luck on that! It’s really no different than incorrect information you may see on your credit report. Tracking it to its source and correcting it is extremely difficult. And even if you are successful in correcting it – that misinformation may still linger on sites that gathered and reported it before you fixed it. Welcome to the “Information Age!”
      -Michael

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    • 26. Marie-José Renaud  |  May 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

      Chris, you’re SO right! I belong to a forum where “anything goes”; people who post there are warned editing isn’t possible, it’s for adults only and yet people can’t stand discussion. Everyone should agree to the same point of view on pain of name calling and flaming.

      There’s no logic, no reasoning to their words.

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  • 27. Chris  |  May 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Michael, this article also brings up an interesting topic I have yet to see tackled in a comprehensive manner within the literature I’m studying for my job hunt overhaul: How to REPAIR past mistakes.
    I see warnings about what NOT to do. We are warned about a whole host of irreparable or difficult to repair mistakes; Rants that go viral, mistakes on a resume, what not to say in Emails, or interviews, or cover letters or how we should never burn bridges and so forth. There are a lot of them.

    But what to do with all these mistake-prone Homo sapiens among us who may have already messed things up for themselves? Have they any hope of redemption? Or are they doomed to sit on the street corner begging for spare change from the perfect and/or lucky – as one of the cartoons you linked suggests? (Funny but sad) Perhaps some should go so far as a name change?? Or a career change? Or move to another region?

    I heard someone interviewed recently (don’t recall who) that we can think of the introduction of new technology in 3 stages that are similar to people migrating into a new territory (These aren’t the exact terms I heard, but similar): The Explorers/Discovers. These are the folks who invent the new technology and introduce it to the world. They are the tech nerds and the entrepreneurs etc… Then there are the Pioneers: The generation who begin to discover the true potential of and define what role the new technology will play & how it will be used. The final stage includes the Dwellers, or those who are born with the new technology and thus master it at a young age. They have never known a world without the technology and they know – as do your kids since you’ve told them – the critical rules of survival from the very beginning. They rarely make the kinds of mistakes the Pioneers make.

    We are still in the Pioneer stage of the Internet Age and thus we are far more prone to mistakes such as the ones discussed in your article. After all, there would be no articles to write on that topic if it were not for the thousands of Pioneers blundering along screwing up . . . . showing us all what NOT to do. (Perhaps we should be thanking them for their lapses in good judgment so we have good examples to discuss? 🙂 )

    Perhaps, as you suggest with pipl.com, there may be no way to correct certain kinds of problems (although I would like to brainstorm that topic because some possible ways to mitigate this just occurred to me – but I don’t have the technical knowledge to try them) and perhaps others are very difficult, but I refuse to accept there is no way to, if not repair, then mitigate some problems or mistakes one has made in the past.

    Perhaps an open discussion could be started on the topic? Perhaps a brainstorm for solutions to common mistakes? It appears that a part of my job search overhaul will require starting a blog of some sort. (Actually, it looks like I might need 3) Perhaps I will start a conversation on this topic in one of them. On the other hand, since it would take me a long time to gain any readers (if ever) and you have an established, respected blog, it might be helpful to more people more quickly if someone such as yourself introduced the topic then summarized the results in an article. (? ? ? )
    I’m guessing some problems might be difficult but straightforward to fix, and thus require only a brief article, while others perhaps a lengthy description.. Perhaps the collection of fixes could be the topic of a small book?? Who knows.

    Just a thought from an out of work engineer who is only now waking up to this aspect of reality . . . . . .

    – Chris

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Michael Spiro has been a 3rd-Party Recruiter and Account Executive for over 15 years. He is currently the Director of Recruiting / NE Ohio Region for Experis Finance, a dedicated business unit of ManpowerGroup. Other recent positions include President of Midas Recruiting, a boutique head-hunting firm, Director of Talent at Patina Solutions, and Executive Recruiting positions with two of the largest search firms in North America. Before his career in the staffing industry, Michael was a manager in a large non-profit social-services organization. And in a former life, Michael was active in the entertainment industry, with extensive road-warrior experience as a touring performer (singer-songwriter / guitarist / comedian) and as a recording artist, producer and booking agent.  [More...]

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         Explained ... Available in
         3 Different Flavors

►  What Recruiters Say
         vs. What Job-Seekers
         Hear

►  The Dirty Truth About
         Misleading Unemployment
         Statistics

►  Let the Jobs Find You:
         Making Yourself More
         "Searchable"

 "Help ... I Need a Job!" A
         9-Step Guide for Newly
         Minted Job-Seekers

 Avoiding the "Black Hole
         of HR"

 Is Your Elevator Pitch
         Taking You UP
         or DOWN?

 Time Management: Recipe          for a Well-Balanced Job          Search
 Getting Un-Stuck from your
         Rut!

 The Double-Whammy of
         Rejection and Isolation

 "Unemployed Need Not
         Apply" - Working Around
         This Scary Message

 Using Social Media to
         Enhance Job-Searching

 Warning: That Rant You
         Posted Just Went Viral!

 The Golden Rule for
         Business: Never Burn
         Bridges

 The Power of a Positive
         Attitude

 Why Job Hunting is a
         Consultative Sales
         Position

 Top 10 Most Helpful Things
         for Job Seekers

 Top 10 Most Annoying
         Things for Job Seekers

 New Year's Resolutions for
         Unemployed Job-
         Seekers

Job-Seeking Humor:
 Comic Relief: Volume 1
 Comic Relief: Volume 2
 Comic Relief: Volume 3
 Comic Relief: Volume 4
 Comic Relief: Volume 5
 Comic Relief: Volume 6
 "In Transition" and Other
         Awkward Euphemisms

 Candidates Gone Wild:
         Recruiter Horror Stories

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