This poll was inspired by a recent talk I gave.

Not found on Google

Vote now:

(and don’t google your name first. Be honest…)

Have you ever Googled your name?

  • Yes, in the past 12 months (70%, 355 Votes)
  • Yes, but not in the past 12 months (17%, 87 Votes)
  • No (13%, 66 Votes)

Total Voters: 508

If you’re reading this offsite, click here to vote.

Why this is important

In 4 Things to Know and Do Before Employers Google Your Name, I mentioned a 2008 survey that reported how 20% of American employers researched candidates’ backgrounds on social networks.

In April 2011, career expert Joshua Waldman – who sponsored the just-ended 5th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest – quoted a more recent survey claiming that 81% of American employers google candidates.

And in a recent talk I gave at the Jerusalem Business Networking Forum, I quoted top Israeli recruiter Morit Rozen from her 2010 Israeli Recruiting Conference when she estimated that within a few years, Israeli recruiters wouldn’t even look at resumes anymore, they would just google names.

Whether you’re in the US, Israel or anywhere else, clearly you need to be paying attention to your reputation online, as in the way you’re found by the major search engines and the most popular one – Google – in particular.

So- before you read this article, had you ever googled your name?

Vote now:

Have you ever Googled your name?

  • Yes, in the past 12 months (70%, 355 Votes)
  • Yes, but not in the past 12 months (17%, 87 Votes)
  • No (13%, 66 Votes)

Total Voters: 508

Once you’ve voted, read Why You Should Google Your Name Right Now to learn about how to make the results look best for you.

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--Jacob Share