Have you ever thought, “Man, I wish potential employers had even more access to my personal data?” Anyone? Well, a new website is providing them with just that – a plethora of details about your online presence. And since this new website just received a bucketful of funding, it’s probably not going anywhere. You should learn about Workable.
Workable is a Greece-based startup that aims to help employers screen their job applicants. It does so by using cloud-based tracking software that will collect and review data about peoples’ “online presence.” It isn’t clear just how much of that presence is revealed.
Pssst – here’s how to get past the application process:
I don’t think I have enough time on my hands to track down each and every comment or photo of myself, especially ones that I’ve untagged and that simply exist in cyberspace. Somewhere out there, I can be seen chugging alcohol from a massive water cooler. If you find that photo, please let me know.
Obviously, my untagged university pictures will be rather difficult to find. But the company would still be able to paint a picture of me that is far different than the one I try to paint with my resume.
“We pull together context from candidates’ social media footprint, information about past employers, education and skills and deliver it in a form that’s easy to review and decide on,” said Workable CEO Workable CEO Nikos Moraitakis. “It’s no longer about the impression the candidate wants to make with their resume, it’s about the information the company needs to make the right hiring choice.”
Although the above statement sounds pretty ominous, Workable isn’t actually out to spread your social media sins for all to see (though there’s no telling whether that will happen anyway with a few bad hiring apples). Its homepage trumpets “as much [information] as you need to know to shortlist someone. And no more.” So probably not that immature status you posted about a boss three years ago. Or keg stand photos.
If you have LinkedIn access and are an employer, you can now try Workable for free. Simply log in, upload information about your company, and create a job ad. The Workable HR dashboard doesn’t have a lot to it right now, but it offers the basics.
And because the company recently acquired 600,000 euros, expect to hear more about them in the future. In the meantime, for all of you job hunters, this might be a cue to clean up your digital footprint. You never know what may come back to bite you in the butt. Google’s archives are not your friend.