Consider this….before you put it online by Kay

Here are some reminders about links on your resume to the web and links on the web that lead to your resume.

Careful What You Put Online. If you have a online account, people you won’t want to be reading your profile may be able to access it, even if you think nobody will reads it. Make your accounts private, so only your friends can access them. Be extra careful, and don’t post anything that you don’t want a prospective employer (or your grandmother) reading it. All online accounts have privacy settings.

Consider creating a personal web site, if you’re unemployed, including your resume, samples (if you are a coder), your portfolio, and certifications. Only recommend the site to professional and academic contacts.  Even better: use your LinkedIn profile and if you don’t have one….. get one!

Don’t list your blog on your resume unless it’s relevant to your career or position that you are interviewing for. For example, if you are seeking employment as a User Experience Designer and you have a personal blog with your portfolio, and thoughts about UX, include it. If you have a blog about your cat, don’t.

Consider starting a blog related to your career interests. If you, for example, are interested in a career in technology, consider blogging about industry trends, news and related topics.

Write a job search blog. Trends are starting to pop up especially towards job seekers who are blogging about tracking their job search and marketing their skills. Job Search blogs can help with your job search and give you exposure. Once again: consider who else might read it before you start blogging.

Don’t post in haste. Remember that a hastily written blog post critical of your job or detailing your wild night with a hot date can be read today, regardless of when it was posted. You may not even remember posting it, but, a potential employer will certainly keep it mind.  Keep in mind that just about anything that is online can be read by someone – or everyone. If you don’t want the world to read what you’ve posted, make sure they can’t. Post it anonymously or don’t put it online.