Google And Your Social Media Image
As a professional recruiter who has been working and recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing, I have seen many candidates learn after the fact how important it is to have a professional image on the internet.
Just a few years ago the main source of information your interviewer had to go on regarding your background was your resume and references, but as technology and the internet has advanced we have become a knowledge driven society and our professional image needs to be cared for.
When you begin your job search; before you even sit down to write your resume you should first “google” yourself and see what comes up. The good the bad and the ugly, as this is likely what your potential new employer will see as well.
Take this opportunity to take note of what is displayed and do a cyber “clean up” of anything that may be damaging to your image or job search. The use of a good internet based reputation management company, such as www.yatedo.com, www.namyz.com or Googles “Me on the Web” feature will allow you to monitor and clean up anything that is on the internet that may harm your image or reputation.
Also at the same time consider all of the social media that you use, as well as, anything others use and may have “tagged” you on. Remove anything that people may find inappropriate or questionable (pictures, comments, postings) that have been uploaded. In addition it is a good idea to change your settings of your social media accounts to “private” to add a deeper level privacy to keep your personal life personal.
Above all, be very aware of anything is said about you professionally online that you are unable to remove and be prepared to answer questions about it if the subject arises in an interview. You should always have an answer to potential questions that may arise from your online identity.
Following the simple tips, will allow you to present your professional image in the best way and avoid any potential online image issues during your job search.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com