Is Big Data (and Your Boss) Watching Your Job Search?

Watching YouAn interesting post went out into an online recruiter forum recently. Bill Boorman, Founder of Tru, wrote:

“Did you know that Network Monkey (our new product) can scan your employees’ social media profiles for changes indicating they’re looking for a new job? That’s right, we monitor your employees and notify you in advance so you’re in the driving seat.’”

Whoa. Big data – and big brother – are here. Now.

And things just got a little more difficult for active job seekers who are currently employed.

Chances are that your employer is watching internet use at work. But monitoring social media feeds and collecting big data through automated tools puts job seekers in harm’s way. Any job search “twitch” on social media could generate a report to your boss.

Clandestine job searches could become an oxymoron. Big data is collecting information on you. There is one magic key to all of this, however; and it means you could carry on without as much worry…

ALWAYS have a constant stream of content.

The biggest and baddest giveaway of employee discontent is a flurry of social media activity after a long period of silence. By not producing a baseline of social media activity, your may be seen as someone who only taps into social media when you absolutely need to… like during a job search.

Instead, create a constant social chatter that involves connecting and engaging with people online. Add connections, interact with key influencers, update your LinkedIn profile regularly and post updates. Not only will you be muffling the activity peaks that usually alert employers to employee discontent, you’ll be creating connections that you can take offline for potential new employment discussions.

Your best bet to overcome big data – and big brother?

Be a mega data producer. Create content regularly. Establish a consistent online presence. Expand your network. Hide in plain sight… so you can continue building your career without getting busted by your current employer.

Because they are watching!


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Dawn Rasmussen 3About the Author: Dawn Rasmussen, CMP is President of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, a provider of results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Dawn is also the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide and, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals. Dawn is also a recognized career expert on – a top 10 world-ranked career advice blog – and a regular contributor to’s #TChat. Follow Dawn on Twitter!



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