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Have You Googled You Lately?

September 30, 2009
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Your friends might do it. Your dates probably do it. Your future employers are definitely doing it. But are you? Have you Googled yourself lately?

People are doing it, and you should too. Yes, it may seem a little egotistical, and people who do it obsessively are known as “ego-surfers.” But your web presence is just as important as your physical presence these days, especially in a field like interactive media. So go ahead. Take a look at what’s out there. In fact, if you haven’t lately, go. Go. Google. Right. Now.

And if you don’t like it, do something about it. Start a blog about something related to you career passion. Create a web portfolio for yourself. Contribute to an online collaborative project. But for goodness sakes, get your name out there! Your Facebook page isn’t going to be able to tell your future employer what skills you have and what you excel at. And they certainly don’t need to see pictures of you at that party last weekend before they learn what talents you can bring to your company. If they do, you’re out before the game has even started.

I know, I know, common sense, right? You wouldn’t wear a vest sewn of drunken photos of yourself to an interview, so why put that out there on the web for companies to see? You might know this information, but does your younger brother or sister? How about your cousin who’s a freshman at college this Fall? Having grown up amidst the digital age, it’s often more difficult for the younger generation to determine just what’s okay. So be nice. Let them know that people are looking, and it’s not just their friends.

And then you can set up your very own Google profile, a good investment of time for those unlucky enough to have one of the world’s most common names.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 3:17 pm

    While it’s only tangentially related, I heard a story on NPR’s “All Things Considered” this afternoon about Google and the notion that Google “forgets you entirely” made me think of your post. Here’s the link:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113450803

    • Linda permalink*
      October 12, 2009 9:27 am

      Interesting read, for sure. I even brought it up in another class!

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