If your future employer was to look at your Facebook history, would he /she see things there that would make you a desirable employee? Would you be comfortable allowing your parents to friend you?
Think before you post!!
How is ‘ digital’ different? – It’s ‘easily copied, instantly shared, easily edited and viewable by millions’.
(Dean Shareski http://www.slideshare.net/shareski/your-digital-footprint)
It’s out there forever!!
How much do you really know about the information about you that is stored online? Some of it is secure, some open to public scrutiny, some added by external agencies, a lot added by you.
If you could see all of the information in the one place, would you be comfortable about the type of information that is on the internet about you?
- 20% of employers use social networking sites to run searches on job applicants
- 68% of employers use search engines to check on candidates
Top ten turn-offs for employers on social networking websites
1. References to drug abuse
2. Extremist / intolerant views, including racism, sexism
3. Criminal activity
4. Evidence of excessive alcohol consumption
5. Inappropriate pictures, including nudity
6. Foul language
7. Links to unsuitable websites
8. Lewd jokes
9. Silly email addresses
10. Membership of pointless / silly groups
How much information about you is out there on the Web? There is a digital dossier on you on the Web, whether you have created it or others have,
Do a Google search on your name to quickly check what is already available for other people to see.
Put a Google Alert on your name. Set it up so you are sent an email every time someone posts your name on the interent - that way you can keep track of what's being posted about you.
Use an image search engine called pipl to find photos of yourself on the interent. You can also search by email address or mobile number
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Seth Godin shared this on his blog:
A friend advertised on Craigslist for a housekeeper.
Three interesting resumes came to the top. She googled each person’s name.
The first search turned up a MySpace page. There was a picture of the applicant, drinking beer from a funnel. Under hobbies, the first entry was, “binge drinking.”
The second search turned up a personal blog (a good one, actually). The most recent entry said something like, “I am applying for some menial jobs that are below me, and I’m annoyed by it. I’ll certainly quit the minute I sell a few paintings.”
And the third? There were only six matches, and the sixth was from the local police department, indicating that the applicant had been arrested for shoplifting two years earlier.
Three for three.
Google never forgets.
Of course, you don’t have to be a drunk, a thief or a bitter failure for this to backfire. Everything you do now ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to always act as if you’re on Candid Camera, because you are.
Hover your mouse over these links for a brief description of what the website is about.
1. Only post things that you would want everyone (in school, at home, in other countries) to know.
Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone to see?
2. Do not share personal information.
Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information?
3. Think before you post.
Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?
4. Know who you’re communicating with.
Ask yourself: Who is going to look at this, and how are they going to interpret my words?
5. Consider your audience and that you’re representing ISB.
Ask yourself: Do I have a good reason/purpose to do this?
6. Know how to give constructive feedback.
Ask yourself: What will I cause by writing this post?
7. Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Ask yourself: Would I want someone to say this to me?
8. Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling.
Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be graded for proper grammar and spelling?
9. Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping).
Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?
10. Anytime you use media from another source, be sure to properly cite the creator of the original work.
Ask yourself: Who is the original creator of this work?
As a blogger, you will be commenting on other people’s work regularly. Good comments:
So, what can you do to take control?
1) Clean up any digital dirt. This means removing pictures, content and links that can send the wrong message to a potential employer before you start your job search. Since other people can post anything they want about you online as well, be sure to scour the internet regularly for questionable pictures, videos, blog comments etc. that other people may have posted about you.
2) Update your profile regularly. Make sure to include specific accomplishments both inside and outside of work. Also include interesting tid bits about yourself, including passions relevant to your career that may spark an employers interest.
3) Constantly monitor comments. Since you can’t control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the “block comments” feature.
4) Go private. It is a very good idea to set your profile to “private,” so only designated friends can view it. Also be careful about who you accept as “friends” after all, the best judge of a person is the people they choose to surround themselves with.
5) Stay active online. By commenting on blogs and forums, updating your profiles, and even creating your own site you can become much more visible and credible online. This gives the people who search you a much more comprehensive picture of who you are and allows you to highlight the good and bury the bad.