In The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide, Richard Nelson Bolles talks about everyone having a “New Resume,” which is the record we leave online. A person’s online reputation can make or break a job search as Andrew Sullivan demonstrates in the Daily Beast. I don’t believe that 50% of employers check all applicants, but I would put serious money on their checking people before scheduling interviews. It’s important to keep your “New Resume” clean.
How can you protect your reputation? Keep personal social media private. Ask friends to take down any information or photos that an employer might find objectionable. Whenever you post something online, think about how a stranger might look at it and judge you. Think twice about that person if he or she is a potential employer.