Assessing and Cleaning Up Your Online Presence Before Job Hunting

 

Your online presence is an important part of your personality, especially when looking for a job. It’s impossible to avoid social media today, so it’s important to make sure you’re taking steps to keep it neat and professional. Before you begin searching for a job, you will want to take a look at your online situation, work to improve the results, and create positive content that’s searchable by others. Here’s how.

Google Yourself.

Before you can fix anything, you need to know where you stand in the moment. If you use a Google account, log all the way out or use private browser or another computer. Google your full name and take a look at the first two or three pages. If you see anything negative, you can put it down on a list to determine what to do about it.

Bury Negative Information.

As of right now, there is no good way to delete information from the web, but you can bury it. Focus on creating new and positive content that will appear on the first three pages. To do this, create a website with a blog you can update often so these results appear first. Position yourself as an industry leader.

Change Your Privacy Settings.

Everyone is talking about online privacy, and it’s important for a lot of reasons. On your social media profiles, go into your privacy settings and make sure only the people you want to are able to search your information. Many people choose to make Facebook social for friends and family so they lock it down tight to outside views. They will focus on LinkedIn as a professional network.

Be Cautious About What You Post.

In the early days of the internet, it was suggested that users only post things they would feel comfortable with their mother reading online. This is still good advice. Think about it when you’re posting photos on public forums like Twitter and Instagram. Never speak poorly about previous employers or co-workers. And focus on keeping your LinkedIn up to date for professional searches.

Have you looked over your social media presence lately?

At Professional Staffing Group, we work with each of our candidates to help them put their best foot forward. Contact our recruiters today about opportunities in our area.

 

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