Looking For a Job, Watch Out for “Invisible Tattoos”

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<p><strong>New York &mdash; May 16</strong><br />When it comes to making a professional career change, it is well-agreed that tattoos (and any other highly personal markings) are inappropriate to have in evidence.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;And yet, many candidates still unknowingly reveal far too much of themselves as part of today&rsquo;s information-intense society,&rdquo; said Robert Graber, founder of WallStJobs.com, an online recruiting site. <br /><br />For example, companies now routinely search a candidate&rsquo;s name on the Web and check social networking sites as part of their research. </p><p>&ldquo;Does your Facebook or MySpace account evidence less than professional information?&rdquo; Graber said. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t forget to note what others may have posted on your site. Everything is subject to scrutiny.&rdquo;<br /><br />Another often overlooked &ldquo;reveal&rdquo; that might not project the type of image you want is your screen name or personal e-mail address.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;Some of these monikers were created years ago,&rdquo; Graber said. &ldquo;At that time, there was little career downside to choosing cute or suggestive labels. Unfortunately, like a tattoo, in today&rsquo;s market these can often create cases of, &lsquo;too much information.&rsquo;&nbsp; Be sure all of your online identifiers are appropriate.&rdquo;<br /><br />Graber offered two other non-Internet &ldquo;tells&rdquo; that might spell trouble:</p><ul><li>Personalized license plates on your car. </li></ul><p>&ldquo;These can be misconstrued as personality profiles,&rdquo; Graber said. &ldquo;Put yourself in the place of a corporate executive and imagine how you would react to your employee handing out a business card with what is on the license plate. Is it less than professional?&nbsp; If so, it might be time to surrender them.&rdquo;</p><ul><li>Bumper stickers.&nbsp; </li></ul><p>&ldquo;Political affiliations, social action positions and even allegiance to a particular sports team might work against you in some cases,&rdquo; Graber said. &ldquo;Such public proclamations of personal information can be the tipping point when a company is making a hiring decision.</p><p>&ldquo;Employers try to get as complete a picture of a potential new hire as possible, so be certain that the elements of the image that you can control are flattering and in keeping with professional standards.&rdquo; </p>

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