We've covered in the past how recruiters are now looking at online social network pages to determine whether or not someone is qualified for a job. While stories about government agencies using the Patriot Act to view your private Facebook profile for a job interview are completely bogus, it is quite likely that whoever is interviewing you knows a bit more about you than what's on that paper resume. Considering your digital record as your "inadvertent resume." In fact, a growing number of recruiters have admitted that they've eliminated job candidates, based on the "digital dirt" that was found about them. Of course, that could be problematic if you happen to have a name in common with someone who has done a lot of bad things online. Still, people need to be more aware of what their online record says about them. Someone recently told me that they were trying to recruit for a job opening, and he planned to find candidates not by advertising the job itself, but by putting together a list of bloggers who had a certain four or five blogs listed in their blogroll (Techdirt was one, apparently) -- allowing him to pre-qualify candidates who might fit the job he was trying to fill without calling for resumes. So, even when you're not officially looking for jobs, your online presence can be important.
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