Do You Think This Online Reputation is Just B.S.?

Lets talk about importance of having good Online Social reputation.

I had this interesting conversation with a student attending grad school in USA.

We had several email exchanges before.

He shared his experience about life in USA. I asked if I can post his name and LinkedIn profile in when blog post is published.

Reason being, Online reputation matters a lot during job search. Articles like this will help build your reputation.

If future employer searches your name in Google,  they can get to read what you have written, shows your communication skills, willing to help others.

His response

And believe me, online reputation is bullshit and would never judge a person based on his internet profile and would pity those who are doing so. Will always love to interact fact to face, so that I can come up with the character of a person just in couple of minutes which will tell me more about him than his online social reputation.

Let me post the video from Seth Godin that would answer this view.


When people say, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are just BS, this is what I think

Why are they living in stone age.

Unfortunately, in today’s corporate world you are dramatically lowering your chances by not having online presence.

Remember, you are in USA. things don’t work the way you think it will work from India.

From your resume to your communication skills, dressing has to change to survive here.

Online Reputation is Important

Also, Online reputation can help and hurt your job search.

I have read about folks who got fired because of posting about Mangers and work in Facebook.

Also, I know folks personally who received jobs, contracts for their business just because of their online presence.

If you are an international student, chances are you will be searching for internship or full-time job. Why not make use of all possible channels to that will aid in your job search.

I told the person, you would be surprised about the background checks and things employer talks about the potential candidate before hiring. His response was

I would, then, never ever work for the company. I would rather face an interview where a problem is given to me and I solve it. Will never go for the company which will select me on my grades. And I will get the job. I am confident of that.

Here  is news for you and others.

When you have 90 days in OPT to find a job and probably you received this one job offer. Would you say, I don’t want this job, because I don’t agree to your background check and online reputation check policy?

Here is a perfect example. If I share the name of the person in this post, following statements will hurt his reputation

  • Online reputation is bullshit
  • I would, then, never ever work for the company

If I share the name of  the same person with this another article about student life in USA, it will boost his online reputation.

Note to the Person – This post is not meant to offend you for email conversation we had, but to express my view that I don’t agree to what you said. This might help others realize the importance of having good social media presence.

Your Comments?

Two questions for you.

  1. Do you think social media will not help with your job search?
  2. Would you will be willing to write comment in a  blog with your full name to build your reputation?


  1. prabhakaran on February 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Hi HSB,
    Online reputation may help me increase my reputation for sure. But, I doubt whether an employer will recruit me for just been in online and showing myself all time.
    Isn’t good skills like technical,soft skills,etc required to do the given job most important than the above said skills?
    I am just prioritizing the skills required.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      First you need to get the interview call. I’m going to write a post about this.

  2. Kiranmayee on March 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Hi HSB.

    I very much agree with you on this topic. If you remember, one of my very own posts was published in the blog a while ago with reference to success in life. I was offered a job as a Radio Jockey in USA. That offer I received was purely due to my social presence. I have uploaded snippets of my Programs on air and was active with all my listeners on a personal ground. That really did help me build a good base of followers for my show and when my employers from the US have told me to create a promo for a show on their radio, I did so and shared with my existing listeners. The promo was in turn shared by all of them and the radio channel had found a new market for themselves in this region as well. That made them increase my incentives and now, I have received an offer from them to even do the marketing for their channel with the benefits of sponsoring my education in US and also have a portion of the profits.

    Also, In have even received an intern offer from a local biotech company here after going through my article on HSB as well as my snippets to prepare an official powerpoint presentation for them and also present it to all of their prospective clients.

    My story of benefits doesn’t end there. I have recently been offered to host a popular TV show and received a 2-year contract from the same TV channel to give Cricket commentary for CCL in Telugu.

    In a nutshell, utilization of social network is often beneficial.

  3. FR on February 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Sure it is bullshit… but only to those people who don’t have it. Each employer is different in the way he/she evaluate perspective employees and it wouldn’t hurt having a good reputation.

  4. Shaunak Kakade on February 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Truly Wonderful!

  5. Rizvi on February 29, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Hi HSB,

    I agree with you. I also get an opportunity for my online presence.

  6. Vidya on February 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    very well said …

  7. Rakesh on February 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Hi HSB

    I fully agree with you that social media is a strong tool in the job search and also for searching internships. It assists both directly as well as indirectly.

  8. vish on February 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    1. Do you think social media will not help with your job search?
    Social media has always helped me a lot. I get a million great opportunities with interviewers walking into the interview with a clear positive view about me. I do understand that we should not have a mind set about people when we go for a interview, but we are humans and can’t avoid having a mindset.
    2. Would you will be willing to write comment in a blog with your full name to build your reputation?
    YES, anytime

    To the comment about background checks, I strongly believe in having those checks in place. I rather rely more on what I hear about a person from people I trust than the interview. I have seen many many people who do great in interview but can’t get much work done in real job. Interviewing itself is a art (or a skill).

    Someone once asked me why do we do credit checks for employees and I told her that it shows us the financial health of a person and its very clear and well proven that people with bad financial shape tend to get tempted to sell info more easily. A simple example could be, let’s say a person is in financial soup with recovery agency calling him 5 times a day is working for apple ipad division. This person may be more vulnerable to sell the pictures of the ipad for 1000$ to some gadget company.

    I am not saying background/credit/reference checks guarantee that a person will or will not be THE RIGHT HIRE but in a bigger group of hires, it may reflect a trend and helps a organization manage risk.

    To the guy who says he won’t work for the company which does background checks, I have to ask him/her, don’t you often ask your friends about a company? Don’t you do background checks before arranged marriages? Don’t you do background checks before you buy property?
    If you answered yes to any of these, what’s wrong with a company doing your background check when in a way they are investing in you?

    • Mayank on February 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Very well said. +5!

    • HSB on February 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      WEll said. Advantages of love marriage – Comes with pre-cleared background checks.

  9. Roy on February 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Dear HSB,

    Your post is very helpful & reflects your minute detailing habits & providing selfless help for the aspirants. I have a question. Does Universities look into these online social websities for information during selection of PhD students?

    Thank you for your time.
    Best Regards,

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