Let me start with a real story that happened about two years ago: A friend of my who runs a large recruiting form was doing a background check on a candidate and found a profile on MySpace with very inappropriate racist jokes. So he chose not to proceed. Only by accident he ran into the same person again, now as a potential client and asked him about his MySpace presence. Both found out that this profile was not him but had the same name and even a similar look.
No matter whether deep scans in the social web are illegal in some situations, inappropriate, helpful or what ever, they will be made. Hiring managers and recruiter are not only trying to find an exact quality match but also a cultural match for the respective team. If qualification would be the only aspect, a computer could do the hiring.
Common sense to do it right
Now – how can a job seeker and candidate for a respective position help recruiter and hiring managers by looking what they supposed to look? XeeMe is a simple yet very powerful tool to help recruiter save a huge amount of time and ensures that those who do a background check in the social web are finding the right profiles.
XeeMe is a social presence management tool that puts all the social presences in one spot and can be shared with one personalized URL – like http://XeeMe.com/AxelS. If you look at my XeeMe you get all the social sites I am on – AND – all the social sites I suggest you to explore. Simply by virtue of sharing this URL with you I imply permission to check it out any way you like
If you are looking for a new job, we recommend you create your XeeMe and share it as part of your resume, cover letter or any means of applying for a job. Share the sites you like to share – the more the better. Let people know where you are and what you are. If you write a blog and expose your skills and capabilities, share it! You LinkedIn profile is equally important than your other presences. Keep in mind that networking and communication skills are more important than ever before – not only for sales and marketing managers. Engineers who are well connected are more likely to solve problem by asking their connections for help. Well connected bookkeeper are more likely to find an answer to unique situations by asking their network than those who are not connected. An open minded person is more likely to add value and improve the general team spirit than somebody who only works with a close chest.
Recruiter & Hiring Manager
If you are recruiting new talents and want to know more about the candidates social presence, ask them to share a XeeMe with you. Not only it save at least an hour of research per candidate but makes sure that you have an implied "GO" to review their social networks and sites. All it takes is to ask if they would be so kind and help you help them. One of the best ways to do that is to share your own XeeMe with your candidates. That way they not only see what it looks like but also get to know you much better and develop trust much quicker. To accelerate the adoption, recruiter or hiring companies may actually add a customer registration page on their respective website.
Keeping relationships with candidates is another very time consuming task for recruiter but as a 'PRO' that's what recruiter do. Sending emails and conducting phone calls cost a lot of time and resources. Keeping connected in the social web brings both even closer together – yet is way less time consuming. XeeMe/Focus is a powerful application inside XeeMe that helps manage thousands of social connections.
Not only for job seeker
Obviously XeeMe is not only for job seeker or recruiter. It was designed to help everybody to connect with others across networks. But it appeared to be a powerful tool in the highly stressed job markets around the world.