Employers and networking contacts will Google you, so be prepared for what they will find.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Create a free professional LinkedIn profile and begin managing your contacts. Remember to add a personal note to your invitations.
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