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Is Your Online Reputation Affecting Your Job Search?

It’s very easy to find information on nearly anyone in this digital age that we’re living in. We leave many digital footprints all over the Internet. When looking for a job, it’s critical to ensure that you clean up your online footprint as it can detract from chances of being hired.  It’s not uncommon for hiring managers to search the net to see what information pops up on candidates that they may be considering hiring or calling for interviews. Here are some tips to help improve your online image.

Clean up your website and social media page

Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc,  generally take precedence when you do a search on your name. These are quite likely the places that prospective employers will visit to find more information about you. If they don’t like what they see, chances are you’ll be sidelined. Clean up all controversial material, negative statuses, and racy comments. Pictures of you with alcohol, nudity or in a crude position may deter a recruiter from considering you as it may give off an image of frivolity, even if that isn’t the case at all. Apply privacy settings on content that you do not want to be exposed to the general public.

Watch what you post

Avoid posting statuses or sharing information to do with work online, whether good or bad news. Some people have been fired for posting work-related things that seemed like minor issues at the time. Don’t badmouth your colleagues, employer or job on any online forums.

Restructure your online and make yourself more visible

Reformatting your personal pages and including only positive things about yourself is a good way to go. If you have a common name like John Smith, try to find ways of differentiating yourself so that there’s no confusion or case of mistaken identity. Lastly, maintain an online presence. If prospective employers are unable to find you on the net, they may think you’re not able to keep up with technology, which could work against you.


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