Have you Googled yourself recently? You might be surprised at what the search results show you after you simply type your first and last name into the search box.
Did you know that 90% of adults in the U.S. claim their Google results are less than flattering?
In a world of show and tell, don’t you think it’s important to showcase yourself online in the best way possible? From a buying perspective, you wouldn’t shop at a store with a 1-star online nor would you eat at a 1-star restaurant.
So why would you expect a business to hire a “1-star” reputation?
In this post, EraseMugshots will work to uncover and debunk most employment myths when it comes to how others view you online. There are ways to clear negative information from the internet (i.e. mugshots) if you know what to start and who to contact.
The Importance of a Positive Online Reputation
In this digital age, everyone is judged by how they look online. Whether that is through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tik Tok, people are looking for you if you like it or not.
Back in the olden days, people would have to rely on word-of-mouth marketing or discussions to keep in touch with others, let alone meet them for the first time.
However, after the creation of the internet, it opened endless doors of accessibility when it comes to looking other individuals up online.
Google, Bing, and Yahoo can be double-edged swords. They can highlight the best of you, yet also showcase embarrassing photos from college from you decided to do a keg stand in front of the whole party. Not something you’d want a potential employer seeing huh?
Wouldn’t you rather have your social media ranking highly on Google promoting positive content? Rather than a pdf or two from some volunteer work you were apart of 25 years ago? Keeping your reputation relevant and up-to-date is the key.
In 2020, you cannot wait until a crisis emerges in regard to your online reputation. Therefore it is crucial that you take preemptive measures to build your online “safety net” today.
The internet is home to over 500+ people search websites that house your personal and private information that is easily accessible after a user pays “subscription” or “sign-up” fee on sites such as WhitePages or Spokeo.
Online Reputation Management Statistics for Job Interviews
- A bad reputation costs a company at least 10% more per hire.
- 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates, up from 11% in 2006.
- Of all recruiters, 95% believe that the job market will remain or become more competitive. If you don’t stand out online, your competition will.
- 75% of Human Resource departments are required to search for job applicants online.
- 85% of U.S. recruiters and HR professionals say that an employee’s online reputation influences their hiring decisions at least to some extent. Nearly half say that a strong online reputation influences their decisions to a great extent.
- 70% of U.S. recruiters and HR professionals have rejected candidates based on information they found online.
- 57% of employers are less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online
3 Ways to Establish a Better Web Presence in 2020
As we mentioned earlier, creating a “safety net” in order to maintain a positive reputation online is imperative. You can accomplish this by simply posting to social media on a routine basis.
Some of the best social platforms to create from yourself include Facebook, Crunchbase, Pinterest, Youtube, and Tumblr.
Try out new websites, add new photos that don’t exist elsewhere online in hopes that Google will index them highly on the first page of the search results.
Lastly, monitoring your online reputation 24.7. This may sound daunting but it is not difficult to implement. Use a tool such as Google Alerts and add your name and any other alias that is specific to you. This way if anything new is published online, you get an email notification.
To learn more about how to repair negative search results and improve your overall online reputation contact EraseMugshots today. EraseMugshots has helped thousands of people remove negative content online. Here are some types of content that our team removes:
- Online Mugshots Removal
- Remove Background Check Reporting Agencies (50+ Databases)
- Outdated Search Content
- Negative Press Articles
- Bad Reviews (for businesses)