Applying for Jobs? Control What Employers Find Online About You

Recently there has been much scrutiny over employers asking applicants for their Facebook username and passwords. And while lawmakers and Facebook are taking an active stance against it, employers still have access to view your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and anything they can find about you on the internet.

Social networking sites do not default to the most private setting. So while applying for a job, you may not be aware that content you are publishing to your friends may be available to everyone. Control the content employers find about you by following the 5 steps below.

  1. Google Yourself
    Type your name into Google. If there is anything in Google you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see, chances are you do not want perspective employers to see that as well. Remove yourself from slanderous posts in forums, associations with controversial sites or groups, and anything that may conflict with information on your resumé. Also, check Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com.
  2. Google Images
    Check your name in Google Images as well. You might be surprised how easily some Facebook content from 3 years ago pops up. If there is anything at all negative, track down exactly where that image came from and remove it.
  3. Clean Up Your Facebook
    Sign out of Facebook and comb through exactly what people that aren’t friends with you see. Look through your photo albums, posts, and especially the “About Me” section. Recent college graduates often have too many images filled with drinking and partying. Instead, hide your photo albums and either make sure your “About Me” section looks professional or hide that section as well. Also, hide your profile picture album if you don’t want prospective employers going through previous profile picture images.
  4. Did You Change Your Facebook Name? It Might Not Be Enough
    Over the past few years there have been an overwhelming amount of Facebook users that change their Facebook name to better hide their accounts. However, solely changing your name and not implementing a few privacy settings is reckless. If enough people have mentioned you, or even if you have mentioned yourself by your full name, that may be just enough for a perspective employer to find your Facebook.To ensure you look great to prospective employers, make your Facebook private, but leave the “About Me” section open, ensuring it is filled with professional and appropriate content. Also, show a suitable profile picture (e.g., no drinks, cigarettes, drugs, or pictures at clubs or bars).
  5. Check Your Twitter, Foursquare, and other Social Media Profiles
    Facebook is usually the first social media site employers look at while researching their applicants, but employers also check Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Myspace and any other site they can find their applicants. Just like you should comb through your Facebook, you should take control of your privacy settings in all of your social media accounts and ensure all information is either private or appropriate.

How to Remove Personal Information from Google

Removing Content from Google Search Results

WInformation Removal Googleho To Contact

Google does not accept complaints for incorrect, inaccurate or defamatory content in their Search Engine Results. If you want to remove unwanted content from third party websites appearing in Google Web Search Results pages, you will need to contact the Business Owner of that website. You can request the Content or Information Removal from Google under the following circumstances:

  • Your Social Security Number or Government ID Number appears in Google (Report Here)
  • Your Bank Account or Credit Card Number appears in Google (Report Here)
  • An Image of your Handwritten Signature appears in Google (Report Here)
  • Your First and Last Name or the Name of your Business appears on an Adult Content site in Google (Report Here)
  • A site using the Google trademark or logo for fraudulent purposes appears in Google (Report Here)
  • A site engaging in Suspicious Behavior is running a Google AdWords Campaign (Report Here)
  • A site with a trademark infringement in an iGoogle Theme (Report Here)
  • A copyright infringement (Report Here)
  • You have a court order declaring content unlawful (Report Here)
  • Report Malware, Phishing to Google (Report Here)
  • Products or services that circumvent copyright protection mechanisms (Report Here)

Contacting the Business Owner of the Website

If the site is publishing incorrect, inaccurate or defamatory content on their website, there’s a good possibility getting a response form the business owner may not be easy. Here are some common approaches.

  • Contact Form or Contact Email Address – You can use the content information on their website and ask that your request be forwarded to the Business Owner.
  • WhoIs – For all websites, there is a email address in the Domain Record of the Business.
  • Hosting Company – You can try contacting the Hosting Company.

We can assist Individuals and Businesses in getting personal information removed from Google by contacting us.

 

 

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