HR pros and recruiters repeat this message constantly: Don’t post incriminating photos of yourself anywhere on the web. Unless, of course, you want to be incriminated. People giving career and job seeking advice also tell you to monitor your personal brand on the web. That means keeping tabs on what you say, and what is said about you. I heard this lesson repeated several times by the presenters at the recently held online conference The Career Summit.
One of the tips made at The Career Summit is to use Google Alerts. With Google Alerts, you can choose any topic or phrase and have “alerts” sent to you anytime that name or phrase appears in the computing cloud. Experts suggest using any name or company whose brand you want to monitor, starting with your own name. I have my name searched once a day, and results are emailed to me.
It had been a while, though, since I did a Google image search on my name to see which pictures would be found by anyone searching my name. So, in a fit of procrastination, I did one today. Happily, the first page of search was my familiar head-over-my-right-shoulder avatar which appears on this blog and basically everywhere else on the web my name can be found. Here are some of the other pictures that a “Joan Ginsberg” Google image search yields:
How about you? What kind of images does a search of your name yield? Show me or tell me in the comments below before December 23rd, 2010 and I will enter your name in a drawing for a $25 Starbucks card.