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Protect Your Professional Reputation Online

Protect Your Professional Reputation Online Did you know that 89 percent of employers check out job applicants online? In a Microsoft survey, 70 percent of employers questioned said they've declined an applicant because of negative information online. Hey, the times have changed. No longer are you using a cleverly written cover letter and resume to snag a job. Now, employers and clients have better ways to see who you really are, thanks to Facebook, online forums and even complaint websites. So what's a businessperson to do? The trick is to make sure that you have a great online reputation. That way, when companies and individuals go sleuthing, they find only the best information about your professional life. A few changes to the way you surf the web can make sure that your online persona doesn't get in the way of your professional chances. 1.Make social networking private. You don't necessarily censor what you post on Facebook. In fact, you can still post pictures of your last vacation or shots of your kid, just make sure that they're private. By creating private settings for your profiles, you take control of what people can and can't see on your pages. After you've toggled your settlings, choose the View Page As option from the Facebook settings menu. That way, you can see what your page looks like to a complete stranger to make sure certain info is hidden. 2.Google yourself. When an employer or client wants to find out more about you, Google is usually the first step. It's wise to Google yourself every few months to make sure that only positive information has been shared. If you find derogatory remarks about you or your work, navigate to the site and send a message to the webmaster or site owner to have the information removed. 3.Create professional accounts. While you don't want employers turning up sketchy information about you online, you don't want a total lack of web presence either. Make sure you maintain professional accounts that paint you in t

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Uploaded on Feb 4, 2013

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