The Google Search Background Check

The Google Search Background Check

The good old background check has been employer’s go to for a number of years now. Before a reputable company makes their pick of anew employee, they submit for the trusty background check. By the looks of it the background check will be the go to for many years to come; however, these days companies can do a little extra research with a click of a button.

What Information is Out there about You?

Google, Yahoo, and Bing, just to name a few, have become a huge information source for companies looking to hire. Typing an individual’s name into the search bar brings up information you won’t see on a background check. Depending on the person being searched, this can be a good thing, or a not so good thing; chances are, some of the information found will not be hire worthy.

These days our entire lives are shared online; everything from engagement announcements to the inevitable, “Good morning!” We share status updates, tweets, images and videos without a second thought. We chat with friends, comment on their walls, retweet what catches our attention, and hash tag what we want to reiterate. While we’re having fun connecting with the world we are leaving behind a timeline and trail of information.

We are free to express ourselves, free to have opinions, and free to speak them, so what could be better than posting our thoughts to the whole world? Right? Well, it may feel right, in the moment anyways; but, when you’re looking to further your career you may want to rethink posting some things that could hurt your reputation later.

A background check says a lot about a person; however, in these modern times, some social media profiles say even more. We’ve grown accustomed to telling people about our day, and some of us even elaborating on the woes of the day. We hit the “post” button without even giving our words a second thought.

So what should you do before you walk into that big interview? How can you keep a squeaky clean image for your potential new boss? A few steps can help you keep your personal life within your friend group and out of the workplace. Cleaning up your online presence might take a little bit of time, but can we well worth it in the end.

Starting with your Facebook profile, help keep your personal life private by changing your profile settings. Make sure your settings let only your friends and followers see your posts. Let’s face it, sometimes we want to voice our opinions, but those opinions might not be intended for someone in our professional world to see, such as a potential boss. They don’t necessarily need to know how you feel about certain things. This separation helps you keep a good relationship with the people you work with.

Twitter has the same settings available. By adjusting your Twitter settings you can keep your posts between you and your friends. People trying to view your account will have little to no access to the information you choose to post. This allows you to have fun on your Twitter page and not have to worry about people you don’t know seeing what you’re up to.

Instagram is another popular social media outlet. It lets you post both, images and videos of the activities you have going on, pictures of yourself, family members, or friends. Just like its fellow social media sites, it too has privacy settings. These settings let you share your images and videos with friends and followers, yet keep them out of the world’s view. At any rate, you should be using discretion when posting any type of picture or video.

The same goes for your other social media profiles, such as Google+ and Pheed. The best way to clean up your online presence is to update your settings. In good measure, you should Google your name on occasion to see what information and pictures show up; you might be surprised at what is out there. Keep your personal information and sharing between you, your friends, and family. With security settings in place, you will have the freedom to enjoy using your profiles and share your life with your friends without compromising a new job opportunity.


Top 5 Song Searches on Google’s List

Top 5 Song Searches on Google's List

Although 2013 has already produced unforgettable music moments, Google has already put down 2012’s Top 5 Song Searches in Google’s record books. New records have been set, dance moves introduced, and racy moments forever etched in our minds.

The year isn’t over yet and we already have a list of songs that have secured their place on the top 10 list of most searched songs on Google for 2013. Looking back at last year’s top 10 most searched songs list, 2013’s is going to look very different. Let’s take a look at 2012’s top five most searched songs.

  • [list style=”bl”]”Gangnam Style” easily secured the number one spot of the most searched song on Google for 2012. With over 1 billion views on YouTube, it was the 18th single by the South Korean musician, Psy. The lead single of his six studio album “Psy 6 (Six Rules)”, the song was released in July 2012 and debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Chart before making its way to the United States. In December 2012, its music video became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. As of October 2013, the video has been viewed over 1.8 billion times and is the site’s most-watched music video of all time.
  • Coming in at number two is “Call Me Maybe” by Canadian singer and songwriter , Carly Ray Jepsen. Jepsen was one of the first musical artists to be signed to Justin Bieber’s record label. The song was originally written as a folk song and then modified to a pop song before being recorded. It was released in September 2011 as the first single from her album “Kiss.” Carly Ray Jepsen made her United States television debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and then performed her hit song again at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. “Call Me Maybe” was the best-selling single worldwide in 2012, selling over 10 million copies.
  • “Blow Me One Last Kiss” takes the number three spot on Google’s 2012 most searched songs list. The song is recorded by musical artist and song writer Pink. The single came from her sixth studio album called “The Truth About Love.” Pink ranks third among women with the most top ten singles since the year 2000. During its second week, the song went from number 58 to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100’s list. It premiered on VEVO in July 2013 and its massive success gave it a secure spot on Google’s most searched songs list.
  • Following Pink’s success is the song “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and featuring Emeli Sande. It was released as the sixth single from Labrinth’s debut album in October 2012. The song peaked at number one on the United Kingdom singles chart, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and becoming the singers number one single. The song also became his first top 40 hit on the United States Billboard Hot 100 list. After its release, the song gained in popularity and was searched millions of times making it number four on Google’s 2012 most searched songs lists. As of October 2013, the hit single has over 63 million views.
  • The official Olympics song takes the number five spot on Google’s top 10 most searched songs list of 2012. The song was recorded by the English alternative rock band Muse. Although it did not reach the same incredible YouTube success as the other four of 2012’s top five songs, “Survival” by Muse still makes it to the number five spot due to the overwhelming number of Google searches for “the official Olympic song.” The song’s music video features a montage of past Olympic events including both celebratory and disappointing.[/list]

The second half of the top 10 most searched songs on Google’s list include Adel’s “Skyfall”, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye, “We Are Young” sung by the group Fun, “Too Close” by Alex Clare, and “212” sung by Azealia Banks. These songs, along with many others, dominated the Google searches in 2012.

Although there are already clear candidates for 2013’s top 10 list, there is always room for a surprise late bloomer that could knock somebody off the list. All they have to do is capture Google searcher’s attention.


Google offers free 411 for business listings

Google offers free 411 for business listings

Just saw that Google has introduced a new FREE 411 service. You can ask for BUSINESSES by name or Category (no residential listings).

Call 1-800-GOOG-411 (1 800 466 4411). The service will also provide details, such as address and will CONNECT you for FREE.

This is easier to do than the free GOOGL (46645) text messaging if you are driving, and sure beats paying the 411 fee through your cellular provider.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigtor portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.


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