The Online Identity Guide
Your Cyber-Self

Approximately 25% of HR professionals have considered what is said online as a reason to reject an application and 60% of recruiters do this for every application

Managing how you are seen online is important. The chances are that your online identity is more active than you imagine. If you use Facebook, make comments on Twitter or update your work employment details on LinkedIn, then your reputation is online and is constant.

Even if you are not blogging or networking online on a regular basis it may still be possible to find out about you online. Normally this might not be a consideration but when you are looking for a new job, what people can find about you may affect the future of your application. Approximately 25% of HR professionals have considered what is said online as a reason to reject an application and 60% of recruiters do this for every application. The question is, what does the Internet say about you?

Check your rep.

Put your name into a search engine and see what the Internet says about you. Consider what type of persona is being conveyed and what a prospective employer would think?

Manage your rep.

Building a reputation means considering what type of things you make public property. It is now relatively easy to clean up your online presence with most professional sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn letting you remove comments or edit your profile. Consider posting worthwhile comments on appropriate sites, forums and discussion groups as you will position yourself professionally when you search your name.

  • Work time posting is not good etiquette. Remember sites display date and time of your posts.
  • Keep status updates away from negative work topics.
  • Try not to get drawn into controversial and extreme conversations - it may feel right at the time but later you may regret it.
  • Stick to the rules, they are there for a reason.
  • Some photographs are hilarious but may not be considered professional.Think before your tag yourself.
  • Keep your security settings/privacy settings as high as possible.