As part of a Data Privacy Day report, Microsoft commissioned a study of over 1200 hiring and recruitment managers. In one segment, they asked what kinds of sites they considered in researching applicants online. The short answer: almost everything.
As PC World put it — and as Jason detailed in his online identity primer — having a decent-looking personal website, with blog-like material showing your grasp of topics and general up-to-date skills, is the best defence against anything and everything else a potential employer or contractor might find about you online.
Then again, take a look at how many online realms hiring managers peek into when peeking at you. It's reassuring, if you've put time into cleaning up your online image, and perhaps a wake-up call if you've still got LOLcats littering your photo service pages.
Have you hired someone, or turned someone down, based on their online presence? Been on the receiving end of that kind of judgment? Gripe or brag, as the case may be, in the comments.