I amI am WhoWho on the Internet?on the Internet?
$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI$ SDUW RI ...
Who
searches? •Prospective
employers
•Current
employers
•Colleagues
•Family
•Friends
Why do they
search?
•Background
check
•Routine update•Routine update
Is it legal?
Is it legal?
YES
Not covered by the
FCRA
– Employer is
conducting searchesconducting searches
– No legal obligation to
inf...
What do they expect?
The Scoop on “Cyber-Skeletons”
24% lied about qualifications
Source: CareerBuilder.com
24% linked to criminal behavior
Source: CareerBuilder.com
35% bad-mouthed their former
employer
Source: CareerBuilder.com
53% posted provocative photos
Source: CareerBuilder.com
44% boasted about drinking/drug
use
Source: CareerBuilder.com
29% showed poor communication skills
Source: CareerBuilder.com
26% made discriminatory comments
Source: CareerBuilder.com
20% shared confidential info from
former employers
Source: CareerBuilder.com
8% used an unprofessional screen
name
Source: CareerBuilder.com
OR
Google yourself—your
employer or prospective
employer will
Review your facebook
profile in depth
Transparency on social networks
Transparency in your entire life
Pre-Job Search Internet Checklist
Email addresses
IM accounts
Blogs
Forum/lists/bbs postsForum/lists/bbs posts
Social netw...
Verify
email address and instant messenger
screen name(s) should be professional
Blog postings and comments
Flickr, MySpac...
Protect yourself
Don’t post anything obnoxious, lewd or
risque
Don’t trash former employers
Switch Facebook and MySpace pr...
More protection….
Avoid crazy and unprofessional email
addresses
– No iamahottie@yahoo.com
– Or ihatetowork@aol.com
– Or s...
Works Cited:
Beware of Your Online Trail When Job Hunting. Teller Vision 1360.Aug. (2007):
5. Web. 12 Oct. 2010.
Brandenbu...
Haefner, Rosemary. More Employers Screening Candidates via Social
Networking. Careerbuilder.com. 10 June 2009. Web. 26 Jul...
http://faculty.msmc.edu/garofalo/nyla/nov6_2010.pdf
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A presentation given as part of the NYLA Conference program "Who Am I on the Internet?" held on November 6, 2010.

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  2. 2. Who searches? •Prospective employers •Current employers •Colleagues •Family •Friends
  3. 3. Why do they search? •Background check •Routine update•Routine update
  4. 4. Is it legal?
  5. 5. Is it legal? YES Not covered by the FCRA – Employer is conducting searchesconducting searches – No legal obligation to inform you of the search
  6. 6. What do they expect?
  7. 7. The Scoop on “Cyber-Skeletons” 24% lied about qualifications Source: CareerBuilder.com
  8. 8. 24% linked to criminal behavior Source: CareerBuilder.com
  9. 9. 35% bad-mouthed their former employer Source: CareerBuilder.com
  10. 10. 53% posted provocative photos Source: CareerBuilder.com
  11. 11. 44% boasted about drinking/drug use Source: CareerBuilder.com
  12. 12. 29% showed poor communication skills Source: CareerBuilder.com
  13. 13. 26% made discriminatory comments Source: CareerBuilder.com
  14. 14. 20% shared confidential info from former employers Source: CareerBuilder.com
  15. 15. 8% used an unprofessional screen name Source: CareerBuilder.com
  16. 16. OR
  17. 17. Google yourself—your employer or prospective employer will
  18. 18. Review your facebook profile in depth
  19. 19. Transparency on social networks Transparency in your entire life
  20. 20. Pre-Job Search Internet Checklist Email addresses IM accounts Blogs Forum/lists/bbs postsForum/lists/bbs posts Social networking sites Google
  21. 21. Verify email address and instant messenger screen name(s) should be professional Blog postings and comments Flickr, MySpace, FaceBookFlickr, MySpace, FaceBook
  22. 22. Protect yourself Don’t post anything obnoxious, lewd or risque Don’t trash former employers Switch Facebook and MySpace profilesSwitch Facebook and MySpace profiles to private Edit what friends post on your wall—you will be held responsible Don’t write anything that could come back to haunt you
  23. 23. More protection…. Avoid crazy and unprofessional email addresses – No iamahottie@yahoo.com – Or ihatetowork@aol.com – Or spicyhotmama@hotmail.com Google yourself or set-up a Google alert Ask friends to remove photos of you that are less-than-professional
  24. 24. Works Cited: Beware of Your Online Trail When Job Hunting. Teller Vision 1360.Aug. (2007): 5. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Brandenburg, Carly. The Newest Way to Screen Job Applicants: a Social Networker's Nightmare. Federal Communications Law Journal 60.3 (2008): 597- 626.. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Cavaliere, Frank J. Fired by Facebook and Other Self-inflicted Damage on the Internet. The Practical Lawyer Feb. (2009): 13-15. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Chen, Stephanie. Workplace Rants on Social Media Are Headache for Companies. CNN.com. 2008. Web. 15 June 2010.Companies. CNN.com. 2008. Web. 15 June 2010. Conlin, Michelle. You Are What You Post: Bosses Are Using Google to Peer into Places Job Interviews Can't Take Them. Business Week March 27 (2006). Web. 2 Aug. 2010. Du, Wei. Job Candidates Getting Tripped up by Facebook: Many Students Learn the Hard Way That Online Image Can Limit Opportunity. MSNBC. 14 Aug. 2007. Web. 26 July 2010. http://www.msmc.com/id/20202935/. Eaton, Kit. If You're Applying for a Job, Censor Your Facebook Page. FastCompany. 19 Aug. 2009. Web. 26 July 2010. http://www.fastcompany.com. Frazier, Eric. Facebook Post Costs Waitress Her Job. Charlottle Observer 17 May 2010. Print.
  25. 25. Haefner, Rosemary. More Employers Screening Candidates via Social Networking. Careerbuilder.com. 10 June 2009. Web. 26 July 2010. http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1337-Getting-Hired-More-Employers- Screening-Candidates-via-Social-Networking-Sites/. Lucky, Robert W. Who Are You? IEEE Spectrum 44.5 (2007): 68. Print. Peluchette, Joy, and Katherine Karl. Examining Students'Intended Image on Facebook : What Were They Thinking? Journal of Education for Business 83 (2010): 30-37. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Rosen, Jeffrey. The End of Forgetting. New York Times Magazine 25 July 2010: 30+. Print.30+. Print. Simmons, Andy. How to Click and Clean. Reader's Digest Apr. 2008: 154-60. Print. Smith, William P., and Deborah L. Kidder. You've Been Tagged! (Then Again, Maybe Not): Employers and Facebook. Business Horizons 53.5 (2010): 491-99. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Stafford, Diane. Grooming Your Online Persona. Women in Business June (2010): 36-37. Web. 12 Oct. 2010. Wortham, Jenna. More Employers Use Social Networks to Check out Applicants. New York Times Bits Blog. 20 Aug. 2009. Web. 2 Aug. 2010.
  26. 26. http://faculty.msmc.edu/garofalo/nyla/nov6_2010.pdf

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