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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? ...

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 - CareerActivist.com
Monster.ca's National Career Coach

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Clean Up Your Digital Dirt Presentation Transcript

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