/ Asked by Jimmy
If you Google my name, nothing comes up - is that a good thing or a bad thing? I'm guessing I should try and get myself more prominent online. What are the best practices for building my online presence? What should I avoid? I'm graduating college next year with a top GPA.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 25, 2014
The first, and easiest thing that you can do is to create a profile on the web site LinkedIn.  This is a site that will allow you to quickly build a professional network, plus give you exposure to companies who use the site to proactively search for job candidates.  When creating this profile, it is important to list, not only your work experience, but your education (including GPA) , leadership experience, and community/volunteer activities.  There are other sites on which you can add a profile to help build your network, such as Spokeo, but LinkedIn is by far that site that most employers look to.
Answered by Michele, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Sunday, July 27, 2014
An online presence is a sign of this generation, but not a negative if you do not have one.
Google will pick you up if you are on public sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
If you are interested in building your brand online, be sure to keep it very professional! Anything that is posted on public sites if searchable by future employers. It is certainly another way to present yourself to your future interviewers, but be very mindful when posting that is the image you want to present to a prospective employer.
Congratulations on your pending graduation and success in college!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, July 28, 2014
It's not a bad thing at all. When people are looking to network, they will go to LinkedIn rather than Google. I would develop a strong LinkedIn profile, get connected, join groups, etc. I would also examine your Facebook, Twitter, etc. profiles to ensure the information posted is data you'd be comfortable with an employer seeing. While some employers are prohibited from viewing this information as part of the selection, others are not. The world has become transparent.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
If nothing comes up that’s a good thing! It’s much harder to compete with someone with a similar name who already has a strong online presence. The best way to build a professional online presence is to have an active account on professional networking sites like LinkedIn. Profiles on professional networking sites are searchable by Google, so the more active you are the better. Keep your profiles up-to-date. Post professional updates. Connect with others. Comment on other people’s posts. Write a blog article and share it on these sites. Doing this should help you feel connected to the professional work environment, help you hone your career aspirations and goals, and have the side benefit of getting you the Google search results you’re after.
Answered by Sonya, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Good morning,
Like the others have suggested, do you have a LinkedIn profile? If not, I highly suggest getting one. Put all of your job-related experience on it. Keep it professional. These days many recruiters use LinkedIn to recruiter potential candidates.
If you have a Facebook profile, I would make sure your settings is set to “private”. You wouldn’t want any potential job recruiter seeing your Facebook that was not professional and polished.
Good luck.
Real Time Web Analytics