Is Your Online Reputation Ruining Your Job Search?


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As the saying goes, reputation is everything. Your character is your introduction to the world. And with the internet, it is becoming even more important each day to pay attention to your online presence and monitor your virtual footprint.  This may impact your ability to find jobs.

That Facebook post where you were venting years ago? Still there.

That questionable Instagram picture you took with your friends after a night of fun? Yep, there too.

Poorly crafted tweets on Twitter? Found that one as well.

There is nothing more damaging to your career than a poorly maintained online reputation.

You have heard of individuals being let go from their positions because of a Facebook post. People have lost sponsors because of past tweets on Twitter.

Entire professional careers ruined.

You do not have to be an influential personality or a CEO of a company to worry about your online reputation. Potential employers are now checking social media accounts before making any hiring decisions. So, if you have a negative online presence, it can affect your employment prospects.

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Here are four ways to successfully manage your reputation online.

Find out what’s out there

If you do not know the problem, you will not be able to fix it. So, start by doing a Google search and reviewing your online presence. Once you have your online history, you can begin to manage it. Do a search using nicknames, usernames that you use on forums and other online platforms, your email addresses and phone numbers. If you are married, do not forget to search using your maiden name. Following the google search, peruse your social media accounts and forums to make sure that you do not have any damaging post or pictures that may still be up. But you are not finished yet. You must also comb through the accounts of your friends and family members to ensure that they do not have any risky posts and images of you on their pages. Your loved ones may mean well, but you both may have different views on how you present yourself online.

Are the results positive? Great, keep it up. Not so much? You now know what you need to do to start cleaning up your online presence.

Post the good stuff

You are going to post online. Therefore, the issue is not about you posting but what you are posting. Hold back the urge to post anything that can be damaging to your reputation. You may think that you are operating anonymously online because you are using a username or maybe you are in a group or forum that is private. Not so fast. Adopt the mindset that nothing on the internet is a secret. If someone wants to use it against you, it will come to light. Do not demean others or post inflammatory comments. The saying, “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” still rings true in the digital world.

Alternatively, showcase your talents and achievements. Follow companies on social media that you are interested in working for and engage them in a meaningful way. LinkedIn is an excellent platform for that. Make connections and provide value to those you meet online. You never know, your next job could come from an online connection. As with anything you can use it for good or bad, choose to use the internet for good and share your professional expertise and creativity with people everywhere.

Supervise what others post on your page

Think it is just what you post online that can cause you harm? What your friends and family members post online can also affect you. Change your privacy settings on all mediums to manage who can post on your pages. For example, on Facebook, you can set your parameters to approve every comment before being displayed on your page. If you do not like a tag or post, you can decline to have it posted.

Act as a mediator in the comment section of posts that you start. Someone may make a negative comment, and because you did not step in to control it, some may perceive that as support from you. With individuals sharing, retweeting, reposting, and taking screenshots of comments and posts, it does not require much for someone to twist a story and present it in a way that you did not intend. You can also set your profiles to private and review everyone before approving friend requests and follows. Consider your online presence and carefully manage privacy settings on all of your social media accounts.

Stay Alert

Most importantly, keep in mind that your online image requires constant monitoring. You have done all the work to protect your appearance, do not lose focus now and or let your efforts go to waste. Once you have cleaned up everything, you will still need to periodically review the different social media platforms that you frequent to ensure that you are depicted in a positive light. You can set alerts with Google Alerts to notify you every time your name comes up on the internet. In addition, do not backtrack, from this point on you should always err on the side of caution and pause before you press enter to post anything on the internet.

Using online platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to engage in networking is an effective way to meet potential employers and boost every area of your life. It can even land you a job. For this reason, it is imperative that you assess your online presence and take the necessary steps to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times.

Can you think of other ways online behaviors impact your job search?  Leave them in the comments below and let’s keep the conversation going.


Dr. Derrick E. Haynes — YourCareerDoctor

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Calling In Sick To Work – Did you Call In Sick Today?

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YourCareerDoctor has a few thoughts about calling in sick.

When it comes to calling in sick, there are two types of people.

The first type is someone who is genuinely sick and or needs a mental health day.  People in this category use sick days to rest and recover.  On occasion, it is a good idea to use a sick day to maintain your mental health (deal with stress, relax or refresh).

The other type of person is someone who is disengaged.  According to a 2017 Gallop poll, disengaged workers represent between 33% and 49% of the workforce.   More commonly, disengaged workers feel undervalued, not respected, and unchallenged.  These feelings lead to the desire to call in sick more often.  Calling in sick represents an avenue to escape dissatisfaction at work.

As a career coach, I’ve had many conversations with workers who are disengaged and dissatisfied with their job. I always encourage them to find a resolution to stay in their position or find a new job.  If you find yourself in a situation where you are not happy at work and have tried everything else to resolve your problems, you may want to consider getting another job.  At YourCareerDoctor, we firmly believe you have the power to own your career (#ownmycareer).  With that in mind, we encourage you to visit our job board to view open positions.

Our job board has 1000’s of open positions in multiple cities in the United States.  Here are a few links to some of the hottest markets and job categories on our job board.


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If you need help with writing your resume, interview preparation, or career coaching, feel free to visit our coaching page.

Good luck with your situation.  Don’t settle for being dissatisfied when you can #ownyourcareer and find a new job.

Have a good week!


Dr. Derrick E. Haynes — YourCareerDoctor

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Greetings and welcome to YourCareerDoctor’s blog! This first post is here to share information about what you will experience through this site.

The goal of Your Career Doctor

The goal of this blog is simple – to help you have a healthy career.

Throughout my two decades of work, I have used multiple career doctors to help me achieve personal and professional success.  Their help and guidance allowed me to,  achieved a doctorate, served as an executive level leader, and developed systems that helped clients, and organizations, and live a life of purpose.

All of this occurred over the span of 20+ years.  My experiences will inform the posts and services provided through YourCareerDoctor.

Over the years, I’ve noticed humans have a natural way of seeking help when things are not right.  Here are a few examples:

  • Car problems – visit a mechanic
  • Emotional support – visit a friend or counselor
  • Broken Pipes – call a plumber
  • Not feeling well – see your doctor
  • Sore back – visit a chiropractor

I desire for this blog to become the place where you come when things are not right with your career.

YourCareerDoctor is here to be a place where you go for information and support.  YourCareerDoctor will offer the following services:

  • Blog – YourCareerDoctor will host an informative blog that explores topics around conducting job searches; selecting the right job; identifying the right job fit for you; how do decide when it is time to leave your job; strategies to deal with office politics; dealing with good/bad bosses; and any other career-related topics. Our blog will also offer posts from guest bloggers who also share a passion for career health.
  • Job Board – Our job board –, is a place where you can find 1000’s of jobs in our searchable database.  Click on the link to find your dream job.
  • Job Coaching – You can reach out and receive support for career success. We offer coaching, resume/cover letter review, and advice on attending a trade school, college, and graduate school.

Overall, YourCareerDoctor is concerned about helping you to be the best we can be!

As you enjoy our content and services, feel free to leave comments and reach out as necessary.  Remember, 2018 is your year to have great “career health!”

Take Care,

Dr. Derrick E. Haynes — YourCareerDoctor!

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