Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Have you ever Google'd Yourself? Myspace and Facebook Just Might be Killing Your Job Hunt

Have you ever google’d yourself? Seriously?

If not, now might be a good time to do it -seeing that you’re searching for a new job or career. Remember that one drunken night where you somehow ended up cross dressed and everyone took like 100 pictures and put them on your myspace profile? Well employers can find that and hold it against you before, during or after your initial contact or interview. As soon as they have your name and resume they can google that information and come up with almost anything from your facebook, myspace blog or other social networking site. You might think your posts are private but if you read the fine print it looks something like, “don’t post anything that you would not like the world to see.”

As a general rule of thumb, keep anything that you wouldn’t show to your mom, boss or other relatives offline where it belongs.

Quick tips to clear your name in a hurry:

-Learn to use the delete button.

-Go through your photos, bio, etc and get rid of anything offensive. It might be cute or funny to your friends but not to your potential new boss.

-Go through your friend’s photos, blogs, etc and have them delete anything that has your full name attached to it. Remember your friends are only a click away from your page and their pages are also searchable.

-Google yourself and back track anything that looks suspicious

Myspace, facebook and the like are great networking tools for job seekers if you can create a positive image. Don’t think that employers and recruiters are only looking for negative impressions. If your page has some really great points, or you have a great blog on a topic of interest, it can show that hard working attitude that you bragged about to the recruiter at your interview.

The sword swings both ways, but if you are looking for your perfect job or career, don’t let it slip away from showing the world your wild weekends. Keep that to yourself!

-Greg Rollett


The Employment Guide July 11, 2007 at 10:50 AM  

Good post, Greg. It's true, a lot of people don't think about their social networking profiles and realize that they show up in Google searches.

Patrick July 16, 2007 at 2:15 PM  

As an employer, I have found that you can sometimes learn more about a person from their online profiles than the actual interview process. Everyone has a private life, but people need to realize that they surrender that anonymity when they post personal information online. Schools are also using these tools to learn about current students and prospective students (Women Denied Teaching Degree).
As a general rule of thumb, don't put anything on there that you would be embarrassed to show your grandmother.

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