Twitter Tuesday: The Internet Is Your Resume, So What Does It Say About You?

by Trish

As Twitter grows by leaps and bounds, you know what’s coming next, don’t you? Say you’re looking for your next job or your next project. The hiring manager decides to type you into Google and take a look at what you’re doing online. They find your Twitter feed and see that you like to ______________ (fill in the blank with the worst you do online). Surprise! The manager decides you may not be the right fit for their company or project after all.

Think it’s far-fetched? Think again.

More and more HR departments are utilizing the web for background checks and general information about a candidate they’re considering for a job or project. It’s not a new practice. Potential employers already do background checks, FICO score checks, past-due child support garnishes, so don’t you think they would take a look online too?

What’s a person to do?

Well, first of all, make sure your online activity matches the kind of jobs and projects you go for. If you have a Twitter feed that’s all about NASCAR, you might want to list this on your resume as a hobby, or if you love to post about politics, disclose the fact that you’re a member of your local political action committee.

But there are ways to repair damage or to build a Internet resume and reputation you’ll be proud to own:

1. Penelope Trunk advises everyone, employed or self-employed, to start a blog. What better way to transmit the real you and your skill sets than by writing weekly or monthly posts on the subjects you’re interested in?

2. Trunk also advises looking for your next job as soon as you land your current job. Always be creating a career arc and look forward to where your arc is heading. That will help cut down on inappropriate content coming up on a Google search of your name.

3. I think writing for a blog is a must, plus I advise clients to write articles for free directories. These articles don’t get you any pay, but they cement your name on Google as someone who writes or knows or is interested in a certain subject. Yes, write these even if you are employed. They can be part of your resume.

4. I advise clients to comment on blogs they read regularly. This can be blogs about sports, or fashion, politics can even be used (with care), and current news. Do remember though that if you respond to someone’s blog, your response may be up for much longer than you intend. It’s out of your control.

5. Review books on Amazon.com or on other review sites. This is a great way to get your name attached to worthy topics you’re interested in. Reading up on marketing skills in order to get that marketing job in a few years? Comment on the books you read with your opinion. Your insight then gets attached to that book and is searchable on Google.

With the right approach, commenting on blogs, reviewing relevant books on Amazon.com, and interacting wisely on Twitter and Facebook can help your Internet resume shine for those potential employers and project partners. Plus, the good content you specifically place out there replaces the content you’d rather get pushed farther back in the search rankings. It’s a continual process, too; not something you can just do once and it’s done forever.

Any other ideas on how to rework your Internet resume?

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