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.
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.
Social Media for Job Search
- Build your brand for job search
- How to use twitter for job search
- How to use facebook for job search
- Rate Your Resume
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.
Two questions for you.
- Do you think social media will not help with your job search?
- Would you will be willing to write comment in a blog with your full name to build your reputation?