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47% of all recruiters do some research about you on the Internet before the job interview

Nowadays, in the Netherlands, we almost have one million self-employed persons on a population of six million workers. In Belgium, there are even more self-employed workers, proportionally speaking. All these people live from one assignment into the other. Therefore, their need for an active and professional network is increasing. Networking and acquisition have become essential for them. Luckily, the social media can offer them many opportunities in this field, if correctly used at least.

Consequently, the increased number of mediations on the labor market justifies the following question: how can supply and demand match better and more often? Of course, the recruitment agencies and headhunters remain important in this context given that the market isn’t entirely transparent, but like a famous Dutch headhunter once told me: ‘Paul, our biggest competitors aren’t the other agencies, but the social and professional networks. More and more people are elaborating a solid network and the Internet always makes this easier for them.‘ So, these people can find what they are looking for by means of their own network: a job, an assignment, a qualified dentist, a new house…

As far as the labor market is concerned, network sites such as, and achieved their definitive breakthrough last year. Brand-new research by Employment Brand Investigations has shown that 47% of all recruiters use social media to screen candidates before the job interview. 41% of them do it again after the interview.

Moreover, 35% of all recruiters even admit that they reject candidates on the basis of information they found about them on social network sites. Social network sites have become a conditio sine qua non. In order to stay successful, you must:
  1. know what has been written about you on the Internet;
  2. assume that everything you put on the Internet yourself, will never disappear from it;
  3. make sure that the information you provide, is correct;
  4. make sure that the information you provide about yourself, originates from a credible source;
  5. be aware of the fact that your private life activities can have an impact on your professional status. The difference between your private life and your professional life is fading away. People are interested in people.
I believe in the surplus value of the social media; not only for individuals, but also for established companies. In this context, the best example might be the company Dell Computers, which managed last year to sell computers for an additional value of more than three million American dollars, by means of Twitter. Companies are training their employees by telling them the do’s and don’ts about the use of social media.


By Paul Donkers

"my purpose is to help improve strategy execution, to create high performing teams and coach for effective business leaders"

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