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Hiding Your Digital Life From Future Employers: Smart or Silly?

Not only are federal agents trying to friend you, but your future employers may be trying to snuff you out online as well. I've warned you before about Twitter TMI and oversharing on your favorite social network (which will help prevent embarrassing situations), but it could also help you land (and keep) a job.

An increasing number of potential employers (79 percent of US hiring managers to be exact) are performing some kind of social network recon — checking on candidates' Twitter feeds, Facebook profiles, and any other available information — to get a handle on whom they're hiring. You may think what you post after hours is off limits, but your incriminating tweets, negative job-related status updates, and risqué photos could tell the tale about how much you value your job and what you're really like out in the real world.

Which is why many new job-seekers are changing their privacy settings and disguising their online profiles during a job search so it's harder for employers to locate them online. But just so you know — changing your profile's display name won't do the trick. You can still be searched by your email address! What do you think — is disguising your digital life in the name of a job smart, or just kind of silly? I mean, your profile isn't that bad, right? Right?

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Definitely smart. I'm unsearchable on facebook and don't use the annoying Twitter.
diornotwar2 diornotwar2 6 years
this is HUGE. i'm still a college student, but they are even pressing this into the ground in my classes.
markwarmer markwarmer 6 years
There is a positive and negative side of this thing. If you post great and good stuffs about yourself on networking site then it will add up to your evaluation as well. Nevertheless, there is always possibilities that social networking sites will also harm your reputation.
MsTerious82 MsTerious82 6 years
I have a very unique name, so except for my unsearchable Facebook account, I don't use my real name for any of my online activities. I also have separate email addresses for my professional and personal lives, so employers searching by email address would only find my LinkedIn. I also do the occasional Google check too.
clarely clarely 6 years
If you've already left a rainbow trail of carnage across the Internet, yes, it's silly -- hello Wayback Machine! But if you've consistently been careful about online posting, then it is smart! I've been super careful about Facebook, etc. since college, and we even had a training course for RAs about cleaning up our profiles. Like above Anon, I Google myself regularly to make sure everything is in order. And anything really wacky out there, I don't attach to my real name, or any nicknames I use in the professional sphere :) Twitter is difficult, though... it's so easy to be super casual there, and forget that anyone can see it. Every so often I go through and delete tweets that were poorly thought out, just in case.
clarely clarely 6 years
If you've already left a rainbow trail of carnage across the Internet, yes, it's silly -- hello Wayback Machine! But if you've consistently been careful about online posting, then it is smart! I've been super careful about Facebook, etc. since college, and we even had a training course for RAs about cleaning up our profiles. Like above Anon, I Google myself regularly to make sure everything is in order. And anything really wacky out there, I don't attach to my real name, or any nicknames I use in the professional sphere :) Twitter is difficult, though... it's so easy to be super casual there, and forget that anyone can see it. Every so often I go through and delete tweets that were poorly thought out, just in case.
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