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Your Online Reputation Is More Important Than You Think

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If you are a relatively good person and are finding it impossible to get a job -- or a date -- you may want to Google yourself.

Approximately 70-percent of employers look up job applicants online. 50-percent admit information they have dug up on the Internet has resulted in them not hiring a person. The threat to your reputation and livelihood is real. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure that people find more good then bad when they type in your name.

Michael Fertik, of, has some suggestions.

1. Don't let anyone else set up your online reputation. Create a positive profile on Facebook, etc. He stresses that you "write your own history."

2. If you find something unflattering online, contact the person responsible and ask them to change it or take it down. Ask nicely at first, then think about talking to a lawyer. The difficulty here is that the law is still behind when it comes to privacy and the Web, so you may be out of luck.

3. Monitor the Web for new information about yourself. Check frequently and deal with problems in a time efficient manner. The longer something stays, the more it spreads.

If you're looking for a good place to start, removing Halloween pictures is always a safe bet. [From: CBSNews]

Tags: employers, google, reputation, socialnetworking, web



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