What Does Your Online Presence Say About You?

If you’re about to look for a new job – whether it’s as a healthcare traveler or a permanent, full-time job at a hospital or medical facility – you must check out your online presence.

Why? Because you want to make sure you’re putting the proverbial “best foot forward” when it comes to what people will find when they search for your name online.

And search they definitely will! Forbes.com reported in May 2013 that up to 70 percent of employers look at a candidate’s LinkedIn profile. ZDNet.com reported in a January 2012 post that 56 percent of employers “check applicants’ Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter” accounts.

What’s more, the Forbes.com article stated that just 27 percent of employers give applicants a chance to “discuss the online content that is associated with their name.”

If you have things on your social media profiles that give an employer pause, you may never know it! You could lose a job without ever knowing the real reason why.

So clean up your presence before looking for work. For tips on how to do so, read below.

  • Check for your name on different search engines (Google, Yahoo!, etc.) as well as different social media sites. Don’t just comb through your own profiles on the social sites; do a search for your name on the entire site so that you’ll see instances where people mention you.
  • It’s wise to create a Google Alert for your name so that any time your name is mentioned, you’ll receive notice.
  • The Forbes.com article referenced above suggests that at least one of the top five search engine results should be one that relates to your professional life (your LinkedIn profile, for example). That’s why it’s imperative that you keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and as complete as possible.
  • If you don’t post on “old” social media sites (MySpace, Flickr, LiveJournal, etc.) anymore, it might be best if you delete the account, especially if you posted there a lot when in college and may not have been, shall we say, as responsible about what you posted then as you are today.
  • Privacy settings are constantly changing on social media sites; how private you believe your profiles to be may not be as private as they once were. That’s why it’s wise to always think before you post to any of them! If in doubt, don’t post anything that you’d want your grandmother – or a future employer – to see.

If you’ve ever wanted to look for work as a traveling healthcare professional, once you’ve checked out your online presence (and have cleaned it up, as needed), send your resume to the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have hundreds of healthcare travel positions for RNs, PTs, OTs, speech therapists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals at medical facilities across the country. Contact us today.

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