Here’s a Good Tip: CLEAN UP YOUR DIGITAL DIRT!

June 24, 2006 at 8:31 am 1 comment

Lifehacker (which is a great site to check out!) just posted this:

http://lifehacker.com/software/facebook/clean-up-your-digital-indiscretions-183003.php

The Wall Street Journal’s college edition advises graduates to Google
themselves and clean up their trail of Facebook, MySpace digital dirt before
they hit the pavement looking for a job:

According to a 2005 survey of 102 executive recruiters by ExecuNet, an executive job-search and networking
organization, 75% of recruiters use search engines to uncover information about
candidates, and 26% of recruiters have eliminated candidates because of
information found online.

What I like about this article is that it
doesn’t take the “stay off the Internet!” tact – it actually suggests starting
your own blog or site to seed Google with what you want it to say about you.
Great idea! See also: Have a say in what Google says about you. — Gina Trapani How to Clean Up Your Digital Dirt [College Journal via College v2] — Gina Trapani

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1 Comment

  • 1. Anonymous  |  June 24, 2006 at 9:55 am

    That is a point that cannot be stressed enough. My husband was recently hiring for a position for the company he works at and he looked up one of the top candidates on MySpace. Let’s just say that her profile was extremely provocative (sexually and in other ways) and did not make her look like someone anyone would want to hire. While she may be tremendously responsible in her professional life, the way she has portrayed herself online does not reflect that (and shows that she is pretty clueless about the effect her MySpace profile might have on her job search). How many employers would actually look past that?


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