Ohio University Office of Career Services


DOs and DON’Ts for a positive online presence by Alyse K

As you read in our recent post, What does your Facebook say about you?, employers are looking at more than just your résumé. They are also looking at your web presence to determine whether or not they hire you. It’s important as you job hunt, to make sure you have a positive online presence that won’t keep you from being hired. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for a positive image online:

  • DO clean up digital dirt before you begin your job search. This includes removing any photos, content and links that can work against you.
  • DO consider making your own professional group on Facebook, LinkedIn or BrightFuse.com to create relationships with recruiters and potential referrals.
  • DON’T whine online. Keep your online content positive, professionally and personally.
  • DO highlight accomplishments inside and outside of work. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished and show it online.
  • DO be selective about who you accept as friends. Others can see your friends, so remember to monitor comments made by others.
  • DON’T mention your job search if you’re still employed.

Even if you’re not searching for a job right now, it may be a good idea to search keeping your online profiles clean now. Take a look at your profiles. What information may keep you from getting that dream job?

Check back later for information about setting up your own professional profile

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