As job recruiting moves online, so does job screening. In fact, managing you e-reputation, or your professional image online, can be beneficial.
Consider an infographic created by KSBD that offers helpful tips about managing an online presence and some facts and myths that you may encounter along the way:
Recruiters do not care about my online presence: MYTH
Multiple studies and surveys reinforce that a majority of hiring managers, recruiters, and potential employers screen job candidates online and expect a professional image to appear as part of the hiring process.
Monitoring my online presence regularly can increase my digital reach: FACT
Take some steps as recommended by this infographic (see below) to manage the good and bad that can come by being active online.
I don’t need to have an online presence to get hired: MYTH
Some employers will factor in the metrics of your online presence during the hiring process (mostly in communications-based positions). Nonetheless, employers of almost any field will expect that you have some sort of existence online in order to gauge your qualifications and see if you are a good fit for the company. Being digitally non-existent is not only off-putting to employers, but it can hinder your job search efforts as well. There are copious amounts of online resources to aid in your employment search and improve your skills expertise in the process.
Having negative information surface while employed can lead to termination: FACT
Just because you aren’t job searching, doesn’t mean you can be careless with your online professionalism. According to KSBD’s infographic data (see below), eight percent of companies have fired someone for abusing social media. Be aware that whether employed or unemployed, you reputation transcends your personal and online interactions.
Do you agree that managing your reputation online is necessary? How do you protect your e-reputation?
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About the Author: Katie Lewis is currently a senior at Florida State University and will graduate in May 2012 with a B.A. in Editing, Writing, and Media. Minoring in Communications and attending her first meeting of the Florida Public Relations Association Student Chapter inspired her to pursue a career in public relations.