A person does not have to be in business to find reputation management work extremely helpful. Even an “average” person would benefit greatly from keeping an online reputation clean. The reason for this is that, in modern times, people learn about others through internet and social media searches. In the past, a candidate for a job would list “references will be furnished upon request” on a resume. References do provide insight into the attitude and character of the job applicant. In all honesty though, who would provide references likely to say anything negative? References do have their limitations and modern employers overcome these limitations by checking out someone’s online profile.
Again, the search engines and social media platforms are targeted as sources to learn as much as possible about someone. Those who have anything embarrassing or detracting out them published online do need to scrub those things. Removing things personally posted on a social media page or a message board can be deleted.
Doing so is strongly recommended and not just when planning to look for a job. People have lost their current jobs due to embarrassing social media behavior.
Anything you do online that is connected to your real identity runs the risk of creating problems. If someone misconstrues a statement or your behavior appears erratic, there may be consequences.
Not everyone knows whether or not certain actions and behaviors online really are all that bad. Perhaps it would be best to hire s professional service that can perform an audit of social media behavior and make recommendations for the necessary changes. Even better, the service can go to work and do what is required to institute new improvements to an online profile.
Dropping the old social media profiles and starting totally new ones from the ground up may be a good idea. Innocuous actions such as passively signing up for a social media group that is rife with boorish behavior on the part of some members rubs off on all members. Removing oneself from such a group might not be enough since old posts could remain. Creating a new social media profile and changing a name from “Jon Smith” to “Jonathan Smith” might be another added step to cover one’s tracks.
Losing a job opportunity over social media behavior would be a terrible thing. Why go through such stress and aggravation? Then again, you might lose out on opportunities without even know what the cause of the trouble is? Again, be proactive about the whole process. Have an audit performed and clean up any social media messes that may be wreaking havoc on your reputation.
Do so before suffering any harm. Get ahead of the proverbial game and avoid a lot of troubles. Taking this approach would just be a form of smart business sense.