How to prevent Google from destroying your career

Have you ever googled yourself? No? Do it NOW!

And while you process all the information about yourself you are confronted with right now, we will provide you with some nice tips for a proper online presentation.

When you apply for a job, obviously Human Recourse Managers or Recruiters will google your name. If they find negative or slanderous information, your chance of landing the job might reduce. So what kind of information should not pop up on Google?

1. Negative news articles
If you owned a business would you want to hire a person who has been in the news in a negative way? No, you would rather pick the person with a more positive record.

2. Arrest or legal mix up information
This information is absolutely not what you want to share with a future employer. It is important to ensure that this information is not showing or is at least extremely hard to find.

3.Bad break ups
Sometimes break ups can tarnish your reputation. Both through the ugly things you have said and through the scandalous things being said about you. Make sure recruiters cannot find any online backlash referring to you.

4. Negative reviews
Whether it is a review from a former employer or an anonymous review site like HelloPeter, it is not helping your reputation. It should rather show a letter of recommendation.

Last but not least, there will always be negative results but most recruiters won’t look at the third or fourth results page of any search engine they’re using. They probably do not even check the second, but in case they do, make sure the first and the second results page only shows positive (or at least neutral) information.

The key is to build a positive and active online presence by building a personal or professional website or a blog and maintain them actively.

Don’t forget: There is nothing wrong with showing your character and being different from the ‘standard’ office person, as long as it is all positive. In the end, nobody wants to hire a person that has the potential to tarnish a business’ reputation.

Written by Krista van Zeijl, International Content & Marketing Intern at Who’s Who SA.