No matter how hard you try, somethings just won’t go away
A friend received an email notice the other day from a woman who commenting on a blog he had written. Nothing unusual there. That kind of thing happens all the time.
What caused our friend to sit up and take notice was that the blog was posted on April 3, 2019. That was 28 months ago. How this woman stumbled on this blog post is anybody’s guess. But find it, she did.
What does this have to do with your job search?
References to someone coming across and reading a two-and-a-half year old blog may not seem relevant to you and your job search. But relevant, it is.
You do realize that we’re living in a digital, social-media driven world, don’t you? Like it or not, we are. And any variety of things in that world are there to stay.
Like that picture of you from your vacation ten years when you just happened to have a few too many adult beverages. That picture is still out there.
How embarrassing. It’s even more embarrassing when you consider that anyone – a prospective employer, a recruiter, a networking contact – any or all of them can get access to that photo.
One of the first things you need to do as part of your job search is to scrub – and scrub well – all of your social media to remove anything that could be misconstrued by anyone who might be in a position to impact your job search. While you may not be able to erase 100 percent of your past, it is imperative that you make the effort.
Next to a government program, things on the internet are the closest thing to eternal life that you will ever encounter on this earth.