It is quite common for us to use Google for everything we are looking for on the Internet. Google has a response for you every single time. Although this brilliant search engine platform is used for common and off-the-wall things alike, it can also be used for other things. You can probably guess where I am going with this by asking, “when was the last time you Googled yourself?”
Think about it for a minute.
Everything (and I stress everything) you type online through social platforms, blog posts, and comments, are tagged. Each tag gets sent to a database, aggregating a profile of who you are and what you do. This is done with or without your knowledge, which can be an advantage or disadvantage to you and your current situation.
Are you a college student trying to market yourself? Perfect. Start using social networking sites to share who you are and what you are looking for. Are you looking for an internship? Follow agencies and show interest by commenting on their blogs. Leave your contact information and they will find you. Are you trying to launch your new business? This applies to you too. As a user of the Internet, use it to launch your current status for free.
Let’s be real and think about this for a second. When someone receives a social network invitation to “join my network” or “be friends,” we search for more information about that person before we decide to accept or decline the request. We do this by searching the profile that is given to us or by doing a quick Google search. Based on the information we find, it can alter our decision of what to do next. Consider the following: when a job posting is made, is sending in our resumes through e-mail us putting our best foot forward? Yes, our resumes should show what we want the company to know about us, but the power of Google search is at anyone’s fingertips. Am I saying all companies or prospects do this? Hardly anyone admits to it, but we often hear about it after it’s been done.
To know that information about us is constantly being shared online can easily add credibility to our profile. It molds an impression to people we have yet to come into contact with. Who is in control of generating the information about you? YOU are! That is good news and should urge you to start thinking twice before you post or publish anything over the Internet.
What you can do:
Be you and be consistent about it.
Google yourself a few times a month to see what others may see.
Before you post or publish anything, think if your mother would approve.
This article was originally posted on the Ad Buzz.