Fair or unfair, why take a chance with your first impression? Employers, just like all users of public information, can access your digital footprint. Your online presence conveys an impression of you as an employee. Demonstrate your professionalism at all times or simply make your accounts private.
In our experience, it’s best to do the following:
- Google: Do a quick Google search to check what is associated with your name. Be sure to log out of your browser or use someone else’s computer to see what’s publicly available.
- Voicemail: Have a professional outgoing prompt. Make sure your inbox is not full and allows for new messages. Listen to any messages left before returning a missed call. Return calls from your employer or SEO Career EDGE within a few hours.
- Email: Have a professional email address. You might not be able to access your ‘.edu’ email from work during the day or after you graduate. Make sure to have a Gmail or other generic email set up before the summer begins. Share that address with SEO Career EDGE.
- Social Media:
- Remove or hide questionable content. Do a social media scrub now!
- Don’t post about work – especially if you link yourself to or ‘Like’ your company/firm via any social media avenues. Remember “liking” a potential employer may expose your profile to that company.
- Check your privacy settings every 3-6 months because the rules may change.
There are no clear guidelines governing how your online content may be used by employers; many have their own policies.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that your personal information may not stay private and may compromise your future: