With many employers using the Web to research and connect with potential employees, managing your online image is more important than ever, says More
magazine's Jolie Solomon. "If you don't choose to reveal something, your image out there is going to exist anyway, and other people are going to control it," Jolie says. Jean talks with Jolie about tips for putting your best face forward online.
- Conduct an Internet search of your own name. This will give you a revealing look of what's already out there, Jolie says. Note the order in which items are ranked, as those will be the most visible to the outside world.
- Create profiles on professional networking sites. Share as little or as much as you want, Jolie says, but know that anything you post can potentially be viewed by anyone, anywhere.
- Maintain privacy around information you don't want people to see. Be selective about the information you post, Jolie says. Use password-protected sites, especially for personal photographs.
- Monitor mentions of your name on the Internet. Sign up for free alerts offered by major search engines and other information-tracking websites, Jolie says. These will notify you, typically by e-mail, when something with your name comes up.
- Take action against negative, false or misleading information about you. Contact the offending site's webmaster and see if you can get it corrected or removed, Jolie says. If you can't, work on creating or posting more positive content in other places to bury the unwanted information further down in search engine results pages.