Inside this Issue: Creating a Good Online Reputation, ESP's 2013 Salary Survey, and more.

Google Yourself: Your Online Reputation Matters

Joan Jett might not give a darn about her bad reputation, but you should. You might think Googling yourself is vain, but in today’s world knowing your online reputation is important. According to ExecutNet, in a survey of 100 executive recruiters, 77% check out candidates' online presence and 35% have eliminated candidates based on their findings. While there may be some legal implications for employers looking at your profile, it doesn’t mean they aren’t doing it. Whether you’re looking for a new role, or up for a promotion, taking ownership of your online reputation is a good idea no matter where you are in your career.

A Bad Reputation
Do you have a photo of you on Facebook having had too much to drink, or a complaint about your current company or boss on your Twitter account? Can a potential employer find it? There are several resources for reviewing your privacy settings and cleaning up your social media, but the best policy is to just keep it clean in the first place. With social media platforms constantly changing their privacy policies, that thing you thought you’d hidden, could become visible again, and you certainly don’t want a potential employer finding it. So, Google yourself regularly (and search Yahoo and Bing too), and keep it clean.

No Reputation
Almost as bad as having a bad a reputation, is having no online reputation at all. In this social-driven culture, you want potential employers to be able to find the real you and see your professional chops. Is at least one of your top few search results professional in some way? Think of your online presence as an extension of your resume. You may not need or want to show your presence on all social media platforms, but an absolute must for any IT professional is LinkedIn. If you want to get hired, you need to be findable, and recruiters and hiring managers are finding candidates on LinkedIn.

Creating a Good Reputation
In a recent article from MPRnews, information technology was singled out as one field that cannot be ‘walled off from social media’ because most of these candidates are not looking for new jobs. Since many employers and recruiters may be using this for seeking out versus weeding out, create a good reputation so that you’re identified as a strong candidate:
  1. Keep it clean, non-discriminatory, and professional. Think about the comments and articles you post on your platforms and make sure there is nothing that offends in them.
  2. Write articles or answer questions on forums that demonstrate your expertise.
  3. Seek out recommendations on LinkedIn, and if you also give them, make sure those reflect well on you.
  4. Don’t be lazy. Post or engage regularly and appropriately.
  5. Post positive. No one likes a whiner, in an interview or online. Try to refrain from making complaints associated with your name. Even if it is justified, you don’t want that to be someone’s first perception of you.
While employers probably shouldn’t be using social media to discriminate against candidates when deciding who to interview, it’s pretty hard for you to prove they’ve done it. So for now at least, play the game, and start giving a darn about your online reputation.

ESP 2013 Salary Survey

Each year we monitor and analyze hiring trends, including compensation and benefits, in order to best serve our candidates. Our annual salary survey presents data compiled from ESP’s recent placements, as well as national and local research.

Check out the 2013 salary survey and see the median low, median, and median high salary rates for your position.

Scholarship Makes the Dream of College Reality

ESP is proud to have made a donation to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota for their First-Generation Initiative and Countdown to College Program. These programs were created by the university to "ensure academic success for high-need, high-potential, first-generation students from partner Lasallian and Jesuit schools from middle school through college graduation". The programs aim to help these students not only attend college, but to complete their degree in four years. Up to 15 scholarship grants of $35,000 will be awarded each year with a total of 60 scholars in the program at full capacity. The four-year scholarship package provides each student with tuition, room and board, books, a computer, spending money, and one semester of study abroad.

Countdown to College is a four-year summer academic boot camp designed for graduates of Saint Mary’s middle school partners that serve low income, high-potential Latino, Native American, and African-American students.

Bob Hildreth, President and CEO of ESP, was approached as an alumnus of St. Mary's and is pleased to partner with the university in giving these students this opportunity, not only for a college education, but to break the cycle of economic limitations.

Read the stories of the First Generation Initiative and learn more about the programs.
September 17, 2013
Volume 3, Issue 3


In This Issue

Your Online Reputation Matters

2013 Salary Survey

Scholarship Makes College Dream Reality

ESP is named a Best Place to Work

Get to Know ESP: Corinn van der Lugt

ESP a Fast Growing Staffing Firm

Comment of the Quarter

Best Place To Work

ESP is pleased to be named by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in the Twin Cities for 2013.  We're pleased to know that our team loves where they work! We're also happy to name a few of the ranked companies as our clients.  See who made the list on the Business Journal's website.

Corinn van der Lugt

Get to Know ESP:

Corinn van der Lugt
Associate Recruiter

Corinn helps people grow their careers by finding great roles for qualified IT professionals and loves keeping in touch with job seekers to find the best match for their skills.

This fall, Corinn is enjoying living in Uptown and spending time with friends at Lake Calhoun and Cedar Lake. She is excited to explore her new neighborhood with a Caribou Pumpkin Spiced Latte in hand.

Read more about Corinn and the rest of the team at

ESP is a Fastest Growing Staffing Company

With a compound annual growth rate of 32.23% (2008 -2012), ESP made Staffing Industry Analysts' 2013 list of Fastest-Growing Companies in 2013. Less then 100 companies in the U.S. made this list, and we're honored to have ranked in the top 50.

ESP on Inc. 5000 list

We're also please to have made Inc. Magazine's Inc 5000 fastest growing private companies for 2013 with 200% revenue growth.
 Check out our profile and the rest of the MN companies on the list.

Comment of the Quarter

"ESP made the job search experience fun and rewarding. I am so glad to have met my recruiter and I will definitely refer him to anyone I know interested in finding a job. Work with ESP. They will get you your dream job!"-- Ian, Programmer Analyst
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