Networking for Work: Assessing your online profile
Assessing your online profileNetworking for Work: http://networkingforwork.org.uk
How do youlook online?- The importance of checking your current online profile: evenif you dont look, a potential employer very well may!- How to search online for publicly available information aboutyou.- How to deal with your findings: tightening the privacysettings on your own profiles and coping with content othershave posted online about you.
“One of the checks that I do is I usesocial media.”“Number one search: Google – typeyour name in there and see what cameup.” [Photo by: Elvert Barnes] “Next Facebook, depending on your privacy settings I should be able to access your profile at least.” “I also check Twitter…if you’re moaning all the time on Twitter you’re not going to get very far...” (Teaching Agency recruiter interviewed by [Photo by: Robert S. Donovan] Networking for Work)
Google yourself – what comes up?- Check the Images, YouTube and News tabs as well as the mainGoogle search page.- If you have a common name, try including your area name as well(e.g. Sarah Smith Cardiff) to find yourself online.
Do you have a public Twitter account?- If so, be mindful of what you say and how you say it (spelling andgrammar as well as subject matter).- Consider making your account protected if you do not want apotential employer to read your tweets.
Do you have a Facebook profile?- If so, go to your profile page and select View As... from the ActivityLog menu.- This will show you what non-friends can see on your Facebookprofile, including wall posts and photos.
How can we deal with this?- What details about you are publicly available online?- Is it things that youve posted on your own profiles/accounts,or something that others have posted about you?- If its your own profiles that are presenting a problem, thenyou can take control by logging into these and deleting thecontent and/or changing your privacy settings so only youronline friends can view them.
You can make a public Twitter profile private- Simply log into Twitter, go to Settings, select Protect my tweetsand save changes.- Bear in mind that your Twitter profile picture and bio will still bepublicly viewable.
Changing your Facebook privacy settings- Watch this how-to video from Digital Skills Network at:http://youtu.be/cERsasYHRJA- You can also access this video and other Facebook guides on theResources page of our website networkingforwork.org.uk
If its content others have posted about you...- On Facebook you can untag yourself in photos or posts youre nothappy with.- You can also remove the content from your timeline.
If the content is posted by a friend or contact...- Try asking them politely to amend or delete the content.- Explain that youre trying to improve your online profile to supportyour search for work.
If the content is anonline news article- Is whats posted true?- Could things be rectified with a few words or newjuxtaposition (such as the above article)? Think about exactlywhat it is about the content youd like to change if possible,rather than just saying you dont like it being there.- If youre approaching a news organisation, find a namededitor and lay out your issue carefully in writing, beingspecific about what is causing offence. An angry phone callwont help your cause.
Counteract negativecontent with positive [Photo by: winifredxoxo]- The best way to balance out negative content about youonline is to build a more positive, professional profile foryourself.- Something simple like a LinkedIn profile will rank highly onGoogle in a search for your name, as will a blog/Twitteraccount/Facebook profile in your name.- Take control of your profile and create your own onlinespaces containing the content you want people to see.
More tips for controlling your online profile- Google yourself and check your public-facing online profilesregularly.- Change the privacy settings on your more personal onlineprofiles so only our friends can view them.- Do not be afraid to untag yourself from unsuitable contentothers post about you, or politely request friends to deletecontent about you theyve posted.- Check and play with the privacy of new online profiles youcreate.
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