Google Me: Is Blogging About HIV Keeping Me From Getting a Job?
February 10, 2015
To fill a job these days, rumor has it that companies "Google" the name on the resumes they receive before even calling the resume sender. They can check your social media accounts and check up on who you are before even calling you back for an interview. For most HIV-positive people this is not a big deal; however, if this is the case there are more than three pages of links about HIV when my name is Googled.
Yes most of those pages are because of this blog, but that does not mean I'm going to stop anytime soon. It makes me want to blog more!
I have worked in customer service and administrative jobs. I was even a graphic designer and a copy editor for the Yellow Pages in San Diego for a few years. I think I can write -- yet I have had less than five replies to well over 100 resumes sent out in the Ft. Worth, Texas area.
This is the only reason I can think of. I have been applying for jobs that I'm overqualified for, and would have taken a huge pay cut to get back to work. To add to my frustration on this topic, this text below is popping up on maybe 1/3 of the applications I am filling out online:
So, if I check "NO" (or "No Answer"), all the employee seeker has to do is go back and Google me, and hello I have just LIED on my application. I assume that sends me into the "NO" pile. If I check "NO" and they don't Google me, does my resume also end up in that "NO" pile? Is this legal?
Do any places NOT care about my status enough to offer me a job? I guess we shall see. I cannot prove that this issue is why I'm not getting phone calls on my resumes; maybe I am paranoid.
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