Posted by: Sarah Kemp | February 9, 2010

What comes up when YOU are “Googled”?

As most everyone knows, social media is involved in almost everyone’s lives in some way or another. Social media is defined in Wikipedia as “Media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media uses Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many).

In many of my classes at Georgia Southern we are using and studying mass media. With Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and so many others, it gives the perfect opportunity to flaunt your strengths for employers, and give them a better idea of you outside of an interview or office setting. Most of the social media that has been developed is used for networking, building relationships, sharing photos, ideas, opinions, and most individuals use it for these reasons.

What I have found now looking for jobs through social media, and also learning more about the interviewing process is that employers are now using social media to scan interviewees before they are moved to a further step in the job process. It is also affecting the company and their employees own media sites and how they are representing their company online.

The “Media Job Market” discussed the updating of guidelines on their online standards at the L.A. Time stating, “Your professional life and your personal life are intertwined in the online world, just as they are offline,” Times Editor Russ Stanton and Assistant Managing Editor Henry Fuhrmann wrote in a memo to employees. “Attempts, for instance, to distinguish your high school friends from your professional associates are fine, but in all spaces one should adhere to the principle that as an editorial employee you are responsible for maintaining The Times’ credibility” when discussing specifically Twitter and who they are following with, and re-treating. They also discussed “if a reporter “friends” a particular interest group in social media, he should also “friend” any group that takes an opposing view”, the Times suggests.

I also found a great slideshow on slideshare that had great tips that explained how much the job search has changed in this generation! Sandy Blanquera , the CEO of Social Boomerang designed the slideshow and pointed out that a resume and networking are not the only way to find a job in this current economy. Now employers are relying to online resources such as google, and LinkedIn to find out about the potential employee.

Definitely check it out…

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Responses

  1. Hey Girl! It scares me to think that anyone can just type our names into Google and learn so much about us! But I suppose it goes both ways. Employers can look at us but we can look at them and the company too! I also think that the internet is a blessing and a curse when it comes to finding a job. It can be so helpful to find information about jobs online but then again the way you go about applying and job searchign has changed so much from traditional job searches I just don’t know what to do!! Blog looks great!

  2. […] Comment on Sarah Kemp’s Blog- Internet and Job Search Hey Girl! It scares me to think that anyone can just type our names into Google and learn so much […]

  3. Hey Sarah! Social media is such a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and learning about what’s going on in the world. However, it’s so scary that what we post on our Facebook pages could prevent us from getting a job! I never thought about the fact that employers think of us as representatives of their companies, and if we are careless with the information we post about ourselves online, then that could reflect badly on our companies. It’s so important to be careful about what we write on Twitter and Facebook and to screen any pictures of us that are posted on the Internet. I really liked the slideshow that you posted. I liked her advice about using the Internet to your advantage and learning how to obtain jobs that aren’t posted on Websites like Monster.com. I was unaware that so many jobs were not advertised on the Internet and were instead mainly advertised via word of mouth. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Hey Sarah great job on this one. Social Media is definitely becoming a very popular media for both employers and potential employees. This blog actually reminds me of a presentation I went to a year ago in which the presenter showed the group pictures of employee prospects that didnt make the cut based on their social media content. Even though there is information about this type of issue already I still don’t think people understand how accessible things can be once they are on the web. People also tend to forget that this is no “undo button” once you post craziness on social media sites, eventhough you think you have deleted the content its still floating around out there somewhere. The presentation was a very nice touch at the because it gives actual statistics that people can recognize with. GOOD JOB!!!

  5. Hi Sarah!
    I read your blog about what comes up when you are “Googled”. It is a little intimidating, but I have also learned that we should always keep our personal lives separate or not even on social media outlets because it could endanger our reputation and professional appearances. That is why I was glad to read in your blog that this is true and that professionals are looking for stuff on social medias. I though it was very interesting also that you included a slideshow from slide share. You are very good a keeping up your blog and making it interesting. It is always a pleasure to read your blogs! 🙂 Kristin

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  7. Social media is now at the point where it can make or break us. It seems that our generation is losing the battle when it comes to social networking. As students we should know what to post on our sites and what to keep posted on our personal files for our eyes only. Everybody should be careful what they post; more specifically juniors and seniors should tip toe on these social networking sites. As we are entering the workforce we need to understand that times are changing so our social life is becoming an examining factor in our work life.

  8. […] What Comes Up when You are Googled? by Sarah: Social media is now at the point where it can make or break us. It seems that our generation is losing the battle when it comes to social networking. As students we should know what to post on our sites and what to keep posted on our personal files for our eyes only. Everybody should be careful what they post; more specifically juniors and seniors should tip toe on these social networking sites. As we are entering the workforce we need to understand that times are changing so our social life is becoming an examining factor in our work life. […]

  9. Sarah,
    I loved this topic. Its crazy to think that in this generation you can type someone’s name into a search engine, and see what they look like, find out their interests, possible work information, their address or hometown, and even relationship statuses. We all have become immuned to this type of environment too. I believe that there is a positive way to use search engines and there is a negative usage. If you are using the search engine as a employer for a look into someone’s social media skills before an interview, I think thats great, but the risks are sometimes pretty scary if you don’t know who’s out there googling your name.
    -Kati Ann

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