Employers and networking contacts will Google you, so be prepared for what they will find.

  1. Unless your name is common, set up a Google Alert to be notified anytime it shows up on the web. Look for and address red flags quickly: Are you mentioned negatively in an employer post or jokingly criticized in a friend’s blog?
  2. Consider what your profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram say about you. Use the privacy settings and opt for conservative restrictions. Remove all undesirable photos and tags.
  3. Consider blogging to strengthen your writing skills and explore topics of interest. This will give you additional writing samples for applications that might require them. Contact CP&R if you’re interested in writing for Beyond the Elms.
  4. Create a free professional LinkedIn profile and begin managing your contacts. Remember to add a personal note to your invitations.

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