With more and more employers (45% according to CareerBuilder) using the web to research the available information about prospective (and current) employees, it’s important to know what’s out there about you (and how to manage it). While Google is a great go-to, these are some of my favorite search tools for looking people up:
- Pipl (www.pipl.com): A very powerful meta-engine with a really user-friendly results page for looking up people (hence the name). It searches a ton of other engines and organizes the information in various categories: phone directories, background reports, social media profiles, profile photos, professional/business directories, public records (like court documents), publications, news results, photos, videos, etc. Pipl is a favorite of Lifehacker users – and I agree.
- 123 People (www.123people.com): Similar to Pipl, this meta-engine is all about individuals and it pulls from a broad array of sources all deposited neatly into an easy-to-digest results page. It searches for text records and also media (like profile photos).
- Wink (www.wink.com): Another people search engine that does a good job of narrowing down by location (though this means sacrificing some of the quantity of results).
- Resurrect Pages (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2570): An add-on to the Firefox web browser, this tool comes in handy when you find a dead link (either because the content has been removed or traffic has taken the site down). With a right-click of your mouse, it quickly and easily gives you access to the cached/archived/mirror versions of webpages from several different resources (CoralCDN, Google Cache, Yahoo! Cache, The Internet Archive, MSN Cache, Gigablast, and WebCite).
By the way – the same goes for EMPLOYERS; any employee worth hiring is searching for all available information about a prospective employer not only to bone up for the interview but to find out if an organization is good to work for. (Leaving an “easter egg” somewhere online for prospective employees to find might make for an interesting way to test who is web-savvy). Here are a few sites that cater to employees who want to review employers: