Integrity Staffing Solutions
best of staffing 2019 client 2x 1

Is Your Online Presence Sabotaging Your Job Search?

Fact: 78% of recruiters “Google” candidates and 63% check them out on social media sites.

Previously on our blog we’ve covered many ways you can make the Internet work to your advantage when you’re looking for a job. Today we’re going to discuss how it can be a big disadvantage if you don’t control your online identity.

 

Step one: Google yourself and see what hiring managers will see. If there’s anything that portrays you as less than an ideal employee, do what you can to remove it.

 

Negative posts about your current job.

No matter how justified you are in hating your job, your boss and/or your co-workers, save your gripes for your diary, or a private conversation with your best friend. Don’t put them out there on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc., for anybody and everybody to see. Or, if you really must vent your feelings online, change your account settings to private.

 

Embarrassing photos.

The party was great fun, but do you really want potential employers to see evidence of your activities that night? You’re trying to convince them that you’re responsible and professional, right? Take those photos down. And if friends tag you in their photos, ask them to remove your name.

 

Posts about current job interviews or offers.

In one now-famous case, a job seeker received an offer, then tweeted that he had to decide whether to take it because the money was great, but he knew he’d hate the work. Someone at the company saw the tweet; you can guess the rest. This one also applies if you’re looking for a new position while you’re still working, and don’t want your current employer to know about it.

 

Funny, funny email address.

Inviting recruiters to contact you at bigbluecrazyhair@email.com is not going to show them that you have a good work ethic, are serious about your career, or have any of the character qualities they’re looking for. Change it to something simple and classy, usually with your name and profession in the title.

Example: toddbavol@gmail.com or toddrecruiter@aol.com

 

Badmouthing of you by others.

Some types of bad publicity on the Internet are beyond your control. In that case, your best strategy is to try and flood out the bad with the good. Join professional discussion groups and post often, start a blog related to your profession, comment on others’ blogs and social media pages. Eventually the positive items related to your name will predominate and the negative ones will be pushed down to later pages in the search engine indexes.

 

Never forget, the first impression of you an employer receives may not be at the interview; it may be at your Facebook page. Make sure it’s a good one.

 

You might be interested in...

4.08.19
Why I Wear a Pink Suit
  As a millennial in the workplace, I always dreaded networking events. I would find myself miserable in a black or navy suit and after a few less than successful events, I knew I needed to make a change. One afternoon I headed to Macy’s on a mission and found an all pink sports coat that changed my life. Here’s how:   I stand out At a networking event, there will be tons of people. Upon entering it may be tough to differentiate between who you’ve talked to and who you’ve haven’t. When you network, you want to be memorable. Trying to stand out to potential clients and employers is tough enough but especially when you’re in a sea of black and navy blue attire. However, nothing says “Remember me!” like a bubble gum pink sports jacket.    It Makes Me Confident I’ll be honest, when I wear my pink jacket, I think I look great! And because of that, my confidence skyrockets. Where I’m usually shy or more reserved, I’m able to come out of my shell and speak up. I’m not afraid to...
Read More
7.26.18
How Do You Define a Great Leader?
    Countless books and articles have been written on this subject, and everyone has an idea of what qualities they expect to see in a leader. Here's our take.   Vision Great leaders have a very clear idea of what they want and how they're going to accomplish it. And they can clearly explain those goals to anyone and everyone.   Confidence You can recognize great leaders by their air of calm assurance that they'll always be successful in the end, even when things don't go according to plan. This is not the same thing as arrogance, cockiness or boastfulness.   Consistency Great leaders don't waffle back and forth when making decisions, or change their orders from one day to the next. They make up their minds, then make a total commitment to seeing it through.   Responsibility As the sign on President Truman's desk said, "The buck stops here." Great leaders take responsibility for everything under their command, and don't blame others when things aren't going...
Read More
7.05.18
How to Tell Your Boss No Without Hurting Your Career
"I don't have time to do that." "I think that's a stupid idea." "It's not my job."   When your boss asks you to do something, these answers may be perfectly true, but they're also guaranteed to make him/her angry.   As the saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Let's see how a more diplomatic wording can get you out of an assignment while staying in your supervisor's good graces.   You really don't have time. The problem with just saying that is the questions it puts in your boss's head: doesn't this employee know how to prioritize tasks or handle a normal workload?   Instead: Ask for help prioritizing your projects. Make sure your boss fully realizes everything you're working on, how long it will take to finish, and what would have to be postponed in order to accomplish the new task.   You don't think it will work. Maybe you've seen this same or similar idea already tried and failed, or it just doesn't seem well thought out....
Read More
General

Title

More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.