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• Sunday, October 24th, 2010

If you are not googling yourself, chances are someone out there is! As a medical device recruiter, I always encourage my candidates to manage their online reputation because recruiters and hiring managers often use google to look for potential candidates. Have you done your homework? Are you aware of what they will see when they look you up?

Here are 5 tips to help you manage your online reputation as you grow your career in the medical device industry:

1) Manage Your Social Networks

If you are looking for medical device jobs, or any other job, you are probably using the big 3 social networks (LinkedIN, Facebook, and Twitter) and if you are not, you should! On these networks, make sure you setup your privacy settings to hide what you don’t want a potential hiring manager to see. A good rule of thumb: if you do not want to share a quote or picture with an employer, don’t post it! Twitter feeds, Facebook statuses, pictures, and group / pages participations, and LinkedIn questions / answers and statuses are available to the public and are indexed by google if your privacy settings are not set-up properly.

2) Photos and Google Images

When you google your name, make sure you also look through Google Images. If your album privacy on Facebook is not set properly, your pictures could be available to the public through google images. Note: make sure you also edit your “tagged” photo privacy settings. Tagged pictures are the pictures added by your friends and tagged you in them.

3) Comments and Forums

Participating in comments and forums is very common these days. Make sure to use a nickname, you do not have to use your full name when participating in public forums. If you do use your full name, imagine everyone is reading and write accordingly.

4) Personal Blogs

If you own a personal blog, make sure you do not diss your company / employer when caught up in the moment. If you were recently laid off, do not blog about the incident in a way that could hurt your future employment. Public blogs are indexed in google and are available for the public to read.

5) Youtube

If you have a Youtube account and post personal videos, edit your settings to hide videos that are too personal or ones. You can setup the videos to private and share them with friends. If you want to share videos with the world but you do not want them associated with your name, you can always pick an anonymous nickname!

Remember, it is not just about job searching. It is also about establishing your online identity as the person you want everyone to know. Managing your online identity helps your job searching, current work, and self positioning as an expert in your field.

So, what do you think? Are you googling yourself? Would you be surprised with the results? Let us know in comments…

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15 Responses

  1. 1
    Tyrex 

    Hi,

    I do google myself but for maintaining privacy not to hide stuff from potential employees. Also I was shocked to find a site called naymz.com had a complete run down of my cyber activity including blog comments etc.

    As someone said elsewhere the Internet is permanent think before you ink!

    Tyrex

  2. 2
    Rosa 

    Good tips! I’m a medical device service provider and never really googled myself. I was not very pleased with the results but I’ll be working on them!

  3. 3
    Designer 

    Good tips, the internet world doesn’t seem to forget what you put in it! We must adapt and keep our eyes open.

  4. 4
    Biologics 

    I like the Photo part, never really check the google images. Thanks for sharing.

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    Bibi 

    It is amazing that when I google others everything they post on blogs and etc. appears! I have my webmaster google me all the time to keep an “eye” on postings… good posting Rayan… more people should do as you suggest…

  6. 6
    Lisa 

    it is interesting to see what is found……nothing is ever gone from the internet……

  7. 7
    Donna 

    I was very dismayed once when I googled myself. I’m an illustrator and I found illustrations shown on the site that were not mine. This was a website for a book I did some illustrations for, but the ones they showed were not mine, and they were terrible, yet someone googling me and looking at the site, would think that it was my work.

  8. 8
    Gary 

    it’s amazing how much information is publicly available about me….

  9. 9
    Sorabh 

    I google myself almost every month.

    On google you can set up alerts for the keywords you want to keep tabs on.
    So I get alert almost everyday for my name.

  10. 10
    Nada 

    I just read this article, very interesting! I should really manage my online reputation. Thanks for sharing!

  11. 11
    Anthony 

    I google myself all the time. I have even stopped posting and minimize usage of Facebook because of its persistence to make everything public even if your settings are private. Its a shame cause I cant even joke around with my friends anymore.

    If you really wanna see some info on your name and emails, try pipl.com instead of google. Stuff you didnt even think about for years can be found here.

  12. 12
    Gabrielle 

    Rayan, thank you so much for posting this information. I googled myself and came up on LinkedIn and Facebook. I even tried pipl.com as Anthony suggested and all my private history pulled up. In addiion, anybody can do a Background check on me and find out if I have a Criminal History. People don’t have to dig through trash cans anymore to steal your personal information, it’s already on the Web. It’s very scary! I will definitely be more careful from now on. .

  13. 13
    Hillery 

    Thank you for this post Rayan. This is definitely something that is relevant to people like me who are trying to find their first job. It is important to know what employers are looking at so that you can be on the same page.I appreciate you putting this out there.

  14. 14
    Lynda 

    Also check http://www.123people.com for your name … I stopped putting anything in my Amazon ‘wish list’ after checking my profile out on this site, also changed my Amazon account name to something else. If you are UK based, like me, also check out http://www.123people.co.uk – info showed up on me that didn’t show on the .com site.

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    Tracy 

    Well, thank God… I googled myself and came up empty, like I don’t even exist. I’m a ghost.

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