Simple Girl In A Complex Technological World

Defending Your Online Reputation

Posted on: November 21, 2008

There’s nothing worse than having unflattering things written and posted about you on the internet. With sites like Juicy Campus and social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, more and more information is being posted about individuals, not all of it being good.

With an increasing number of employers checking facebook and googling potential employees, its becoming even more important for people to clean up their digital dirt and internet skeletons. Kirsten Dixson, author of “Career Distinction: Stand Out By Building Your Brand,” suggests that individuals should set up google alerts to track their names and any new dirt that may arise.

Setting an alert may seem like a little much for some but do you really want a potential employer to run across a Live Journal you wrote when you were 14, or the myspace you made in high school? Probably not.

In my personal experience, removing information and being more savvy about what I publish on the internet was the best option. Even if when googling my name the first result is my Facebook account, there is really nothing on there I would be scared to show an employer.

The bottom line is everyone needs to be careful about what they and others publish about themselves online because if your online reputation is dirty, it could mean the difference between getting the job and being left to look at classifieds.


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