How often do you Google yourself? If you don’t, you should. Why? Its the poor man’s background check and recruiters do it all the time. Not only do they search Google, but they also search other search engines out there as well. (At least, if I have trained them.) What other search engines? Well, Bing, for example. And that is a good thing for you, as a job seeker! Why? Bing recently introduced Bing Linked Pages and it is designed to help you manage how you appear in Bing search results.
I like this. Actually, I like it a lot. To use this service, go to Bing Linked Pages and do a search on your name. (Oh! It will ask you to log-in into Facebook first.) Once you are logged in, do a search on your name. You may want to include additional keywords as well, such as your city, school you attended and where you have worked. When you see search results that match you, click the “Link me” button.
Afterward, when someone does a search for you, the links that you approved will be featured when someone searches your name on Bing Linked Pages. Will those same links be featured from a regular Bing search? I don’t know. When I did a search for my name previously, I did notice that many of the links I approved were high in the results. Of course, that could be coincidental. I would love it if someone were to volunteer for a case study on this. Any takers?
I was going to do a video demo of how this all works, but decided not too when I stumbled across the one below.
Hmmm… As I think further on this. If I were a job seeker, I may want to spend some quality time approving links. When I was done, I may want to add a link to my Bing Linked Page result inside my cover letter to a recruiter. I would say something to the effect, “click this link and check me out online.” I know that they are going to do it anyway, so why not make it easy and stack the deck in my favor. Just a thought.
P.S. Now that I think of it, I should have added this to my ebook.