Your image and how your are perceived by hiring companies and sales managers is an important area to manage in today’s online world. A majority of us are involved in social networking sites and as a hiring sales manager, I always do an online search on the candidates I am considering for a job. Have you done a search on yourself? If so, what information is provided?
Your online image consists of the information and photos about you that is readily available to anyone with online access and a click of a mouse. It is important to keep your online social networking seperated from personal and professional. It is also important to manage the privacy settings on your online profiles and information you post, so that information you only want to share with your network, will stay within your network.
Do a search on your name and see what you find. If you find negative photos or opinions that makes you look questionable, fix the problem. One way to control your personal online image is to purchase your name as a domain and get high ranking search results with information you want to be given to those doing a search for you. I once found a candidate’s online video at a bar, doing a drinking contest. Now nothing is illegal or “wrong” with this, but this is not something that sends a professional message to me as a hiring sales manager or potential clients.
Your reputation is important and it takes a bad search result to pop up to damage your image. Be aware of the information about you on the internet and manage this before doing a sales job search, because a majority of hiring sales managers will do a search on you.