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While more and more recruiters look for information about candidates on the internet, or recruit directly on social networks, every footstep we leave on these sites may turn out dangerous, or even disastrous. Numerous blogs or ebooks are now focusing on the ways to manage our e-reputation, and Frédéric Cavazza suggested me the other day we could adopt the attitude of artists, who often preserve their private life.
But how could we ask a teenager, in the age where sharing and provoking are ways of life, to resist uploading photos from a trash evening on their Facebook page? Should we, broadly speaking, go against a trend where professional and private parts of our life are merging, where interacting is often (maybe too often) a mere synonym to transparency?
E-reputation: management or dictatorship?
We are all teenagers in the fast growing universe of social media. Those who were yesterday able to preserve their private life while being overexposed, are now trapped too. During the last months, some first-class sportsmen’s career was endangered by tweeting or posting publicly some private stuff, andmy take is that Mark Cuban or Michael Phelps examples are just a beginning… If e-reputation management is now an important part of our professional life, it cannot, and shouldn’t, censor our private life. What is to be done as the frontier between both is now dissolving?
Job boards 2.0 vs Recruitment 2.0
Recruitment practices are changing on these days. Recruiters are present on main social networks, use video, favor recommended candidates… Job boards 2.0 Era has begun, but may we talk about Recruitment 2.0? Definitely not. Since recruitment in the age of the social web needs more than using new tools to change, it needs a mindset shift. Answering a job offer is enough to understand this shift didn’t happen yet.
Recruiters have still to find and setup different relationships with candidates. They will have to earn trust as real consultants, learn, and teach, what is meaningful in our digital footsteps, filter professional competencies from casual playful activities noise.
Of course, every tool is still not available for that. Imagine for instance a search engine with a chronological filter, giving results from the last x years, letting us able to focus on the significant period of our professional life. But beyond tools, what we need is a real cultural change. Recruitment 2.0 doesn’t exist. Yet.