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Work: Seeking New Employment

How To Do A Background Search About Yourself

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Assume that a prospective employer will search on your name in at least one of the popular search engines. To learn what the interviewer knows, type your name both with and without your middle and/or maiden name into the popular search engines to see what comes up. For instance, use Bing offsite linkDogpile offsite linkGoogle offsite link and Yahoo. offsite link 

If more than one page comes up, review all of them, or at least the first 10 pages.

Particularly look for any references that could indicate your health condition, such as a posting on your Facebook page about participating in a relay race for a specific disease.

For the future, do not assume that whatever you put on line remains private. It probably doesn't.  


  • Let your family or friends know not to post your full name on line in a setting that would indicate your health condition.
  • If your health condition comes up, it is possible to hire a service such as offsite link to either cleanse the reference or move it so far down a listing that an employer is not likely to find it. Keep in mind that even such services have a difficult time changing the high ranking of content in such sites as Facebook or Twitter which usually appear near the top of a search.


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