A very tiny, less than a quarter of a page article got me thinking this morning. No, it wasn’t on the eurozone crisis in the FT; it was in Stylist, the freebee I picked up for the walk into work.
Have you ever tried googling yourself? We may not all be of celebrity status but anyone who uses the internet leaves a digital footprint in some way. On hitting the search button with my name in the white box I wasn’t too surprised to see the outcome. The first two options are links to my facebook page and the second two led me to an unused MySpace page that I must have set up aged 14. After that they all refer to a chap named Charles from Texas.
What about you? The internet is a great way for employers to find out about you. What will they think if on your linked in feeds page it shows you connecting with every type of recruiter within a 20mile radius? Or if your profile photo shows you on a night out finishing off a bottle of wine in a rather short skirt?
I may be stating the obvious here but make sure you are aware of what people see about you on the internet! Change your facebook setting so only you can see photos, wall posts and comments and choose a picture that shows you in your best light. If you are on linkedin, think about making your connections private. And I know twitter is a means for you to express yourself but do think about who will see your tweets before you send them off.
I always google people when I hear a new name so think about the snooping your potential employer will get up to!