Reputation IRL and Online Matters
Who you are in real life (IRL) and online matters to future employers
Before you begin your job search, you need to spend some time evaluating your online reputation. Anyone can use the power of Google to type in your name and see more about you. Google will lead them to your social media pages, like Facebook and Twitter. Depending on your privacy settings, they may see more than you would like. Risqué selfies, derogatory comments and constant drama are things that future employers might see as red flags.
Monitor and delete
The bottom line is that everything you post becomes public. It doesn’t matter how well you present yourself in your elevator pitch if every other status update is a complaint about life or a picture of you at a “kegger” with your red Dixie cup. Have I just described your profile page? Then clean it up. Delete inappropriate comments and photos and post more mindfully in the future. Don’t forget to update your privacy settings while you are there.
Keep it social
Social networking is a great extension of your personal networks. Don’t overlook this important asset by connecting with people in the fields in which you are interested. After you have given your profile a tune-up, of course!
Real life references
Identify key people who will help you present yourself well. Is there a teacher, a coach or former employer that you can list as a reference? Go ahead and speak to them ahead of time so if they get that call they will know why.
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