When you start your job search, you need to make sure you are ready to make the best possible impression on your employer. Unfortunately, your online presence may undermine your efforts to come across as a professional, qualified candidate that any company would be happy to hire.

If you have content online you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see, it’s best to start the process of cleaning up your online presence before you start your job search in earnest. Some tips to help include:

  • Search for yourself online: In order to determine what negative information you need to deal with, you need to know what is out there. Conduct a search of yourself so you can find out exactly what an employer will see. Based on what comes up in the search, you can determine your next course of action.
  • Untag yourself or delete old posts: If you are tagged in old Facebook posts that don’t paint you in a flattering light, you can remove yourself from the tags. You can delete old posts that belong to you as well so those posts won’t come back to haunt you. Don’t forget to check your old tweets too and see if there are any that should be deleted because they could make a bad impression.
  • Limit your visibility: You can set your profiles to private or choose options on Facebook to limit the visibility of your post history. While having negative information online is still risky because it could come to the attention of employers through other means, if you restrict your social media accounts to private, you lessen the chance of your employer finding something online that is a turnoff.
  • Create positive content that shows up on a search: If you are unhappy with your online brand, you can create positive content that will hopefully show up instead. You could start a personal website, make a LinkedIn page, contribute to blogs as a guest writer, and otherwise take steps to ensure that only good things come up when a search of your name is conducted.

When you’ve cleaned up your online presence and are ready to make a great impression on potential employers, IES Custom Staffing can help you find work. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you, contact us today.

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