So what really happens when you Google your name? Try it, open up Google Search, and type your name between quotes, like my name, “Everardo Keeme”, then click the Images tab and take a look. Do you like what you see?
EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT WHEN THEY GOOGLE YOU
Are you ok with what a potential employer, business partner, client, spouse, or your mom would see?
Now, I have a very unique name, actually, there is no one else in the world with the name Everardo Keeme (it’s why my parents never bothered to give me a middle name but that’s another story) I’m also pretty active on LinkedIn because with over 500 connections it’s a great place to network with people all over the world.
But what if you have a name like James or Mary, which have been the MOST POPULAR names in the US since 1916 (Social Security – Top Names Over the Last 100 Years) Your name search will easily be confused with others.
Professional headshots matter
What does your profile picture look like on your social networks? Ideally it should be a professional picture. Avoid pictures that may portray you negatively. This may sound obvious. However, most people fail to remember or realize that your personal life and your professional life are now intertwined thanks to the Internet and privacy is becoming more and more non-existent. As a result, you must be mindful of what images you post of yourself online and on your social networks. Even though it’s unfair and in many ways unethical for an employer to judge you based on your personal activities or social media accounts outside of work, the fact of the matter is that hiring managers are humans and they have piles of other qualified applicants. In many ways the Google Search is a process of easily weeding people out. This process starts with the headshot. If you have a common name you may be lucky enough to slip under the radar without employers being able to find you, but if you have an uncommon name, you should pay even closer attention to the images you place online of yourself, as well as the content you create and share.The Huffington Post “5 Things Employers Look for When They Google You“
The answer could make a difference between a job and the unemployment line
Whether it’s a potential employer, current employer, budding romantic partner, long-time significant other, or someone else in your life, there’s a good chance they have or will run a Google search for your name. Do you know everything that they’ll find?
The answer could make a difference between a job and the unemployment line, or a happily ever after and nights alone. That’s why you need to run your own search first.Kim Komando Special for USA TODAY “Why you should Google yourself now”
So go ahead, Google your name, then figure out what you want to keep or what to replace. Some things you can clean up using the tips below.
Go to Google directly
Change your Google Account picture, name & other info
Other people who use Google can access your name, your profile picture, and other basic info. You can control what others see about you across Google services.
Create your people card on Google Search
You can create your presence on Google Search by creating a people card. You need to submit a people card with your relevant info. People will then be able to search for you and discover your card on Google Search results.
5 TIPS FOR CLEANING UP GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS FOR YOUR NAME
You’ve been warned that old pictures and social media posts can cost you a job, admission to your choice school or otherwise stand in the way of your dreams and success. But what can you do to make sure your public image tarnished? Read more here
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