Human Resource Departments and Executive Recruiters are researching candidates online and making judgments based on the results they find. If they find any of these 5 types of results your job prospects could be in trouble.
It has been estimated that more than half of people seeking employment have been rejected because of negative or unflattering public information found on the internet.
If you are not on top of your online reputation and actively managing it, you will have little protection from any kind of negative search result, true or untrue. People are naturally skeptical, one or two bad things will be weighted more heavily in people’s mind than 10 good things when they use the internet to evaluate your character.
Here are 5 examples of the kind of Google results you don’t want to see showing up if you have any concern about your career or professional reputation.
1. Evidence of an arrest
If getting arrested or being investigated with regard to a criminal activity wasn’t bad enough, the internet has the ability make you look guilty by sharing accusations, or arrests far and wide even if they are unfounded or reversed in court. This information could hang around in your Google results for a very long time if responsive action isn’t taken.
2. Getting Bad Press as a result of something you did
You no longer have to be a celebrity in order to get bad press and negative credibility related to your Google results. So many unsuspecting people are getting reprimanded or even dismissed from their job as a result of posting something on a social media platform or sharing a ‘private’ message or thought in confidence that turns out to be blasted all over the internet. Jokes can be taken out of context, and small, often innocent mistakes can spread far and wide through the viral nature of the internet.
3. Unsatisfied Customers or Fake Reviews
Never underestimate the power of a disgruntled customer. Individuals go online to research sole practitioners and service providers for the good, bad and ugly. Having even one bad review (even if it is a false review) if you don’t have many reviews over all can harm your bottom line.
Sadly, there are numerous sites that offer anonymous opportunities for disgruntled people to maliciously post false reviews. These sites are not only bad for your reputation, but they often charge the victim who is attempting to remove the comments and slanderous reviews that were erroneously posted.
HINT: No matter how bad a review might be, it is better to address the customer’s dissatisfaction and do what you can to make them happy. Getting an additional bad review can further effect your online reputation and last for a much longer time. Responding to anonymous posts about you that are aggressively negative and meant to harm you is never a good idea. Responding to reasonable reviews that are negative is not a bad thing, show that you care and offer a solution.
4. Slanderous, Insulting or Defamatory Posts on Your Own Blog
Having a good reputation online so that anyone can look you up is vital. Yet, there will always be people who will post (usually anonymously) anything and everything about you in order harm your reputation. It’s best to be aware and vigilant about your online reputation for this very reason.
So what can you do if you have negative results? Just remember, your online social life and reputation is accessible to millions. You should make every effort possible to make your online image shine.
If you are in need of aid in re-taking charge of your online image and reputation, get in touch with us and we’ll give you everything you need to put your best face forward to the world. Contact us at Help@sociallifemanagement.com
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Description: Having bad results showing up in Google for your name and/or business can ruin your career. Here’s 5 examples of bad Google results.
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