Clean Up Your Digital Dirt


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When employers search for you online, do they see the best of you, or do they stumble into your digital dirt?

See how to polish up your profiles and remove any stuff that may be tarnishing your online image.

Mark Swartz -'s National Career Coach

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Clean Up Your Digital Dirt

  1. 1. Employee & Job-Seeker Tip <br />CLEAN<br />UP <br />YOUR<br />DIGITAL<br />DIRT<br /> Mark Swartz, <br /> Career Coach<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />.<br />FIND OUT WHAT’S <br />ALREADY ONLINE<br />ABOUT YOU<br />
  3. 3. 1.1 USE SEVERAL SEARCH ENGINES TO <br /> GOOGLE YOURSELF<br /><ul><li> Type in the name that you use on your resume and business card
  4. 4. Start with, then
  5. 5. Also check,,,</li></li></ul><li>1.2 CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TOO<br /><ul><li> Visit Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and search for your name
  6. 6. Are you “tagged” in any photos?
  7. 7. Has anyone else mentioned you in their posts or updates?</li></li></ul><li>1.3 CHECK IF ZOOMINFO.COM TRACKS YOU<br /><ul><li>This site automatically collects Search Engine results about people and may create a profile for you without telling you
  8. 8. Claim your name and adjust your profile so that it shows links that reflect well on you</li></li></ul><li>2<br />.<br />CLEAN<br />UP YOUR<br />ACT<br />
  9. 9. 2.1 REMOVE NEGATIVE INFO/IMAGES FROM <br /> YOUR OWN SITES <br /><ul><li>Review any links, comments or photos you’ve posted to your own website (or blog, social media account, etc.)
  10. 10. Delete any that might be seen as unprofessional or offensive if they are publicly viewable</li></li></ul><li>2.2 ASK OTHERS TO EXPUNGE GRIME ABOUT<br /> YOU ON THEIR SITES<br /><ul><li>Have digital dirt about you that’s stored on someone else’s site? You’ll have to ask each person to take down the offending material for you</li></li></ul><li>2.3 ADJUST YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS<br /><ul><li>Your social media accounts let you set your preferred privacy settings
  11. 11. Adjust them so the general public only sees good things about you</li></li></ul><li>3<br />.<br />BURY ANY DIRT<br />WITH CLEANER,<br />SHINIER INFO<br />
  12. 12. 3.1 CREATE A POSITIVE WEB PRESENCE <br /> FOR YOURSELF<br /><ul><li>If you don’t already have one, create a free presence for yourself on Facebook, LinkedIn and
  13. 13. Make sure you present yourself as professional and employable</li></li></ul><li>3.2 SHOW THAT YOU’RE ACTIVELY<br /> CONTRIBUTING<br /><ul><li> Post comments on blogs and sites in your occupation or industry
  14. 14. Mention other people in your field, current news, insights</li></li></ul><li>3.3 TURN YOURSELF INTO A SUBJECT<br /> MATTER EXPERT (SME)<br /><ul><li> Write short articles in your field of expertise and post them online
  15. 15. Announce these in your blog or social media accounts </li></li></ul><li>more on this topic:<br />Don’t Let Online Persona Hurt Your Resume <br />more career advice:<br /><br />join us on:<br />