Hiring managers checked out job candidates online and discovered these cyber-skeletons:
31% lied about qualifications.
24% were linked to criminal behavior.
19% bad-mouthed their former company.
19% boasted about drinking and doing drugs.
15% shared confidential information from former employers.
11% posted provocative photographs.
8% used an unprofessional screen name.
Protect Your Virtual Résumé
• Don’t post anything obnoxious, lewd or risqué, and don’t trash former employers.
• Edit what friends write on your “wall.” You’ll be held accountable for their idiocy.
• Don’t write anything on someone else’s profile that can come back to haunt you.
• Avoid crazy e-mail addresses. Brad Karsh from JobBound knows of people turned down for jobs because of e-mail addresses like spicychica2, thedirthead and imsotired.
• Google yourself regularly. Better yet, sign up for a Google Alert, which will tell you when your name is mentioned online.
• Think of your profile as your public relations tool. Use it to present your accomplishments and creativity, not to settle scores and attack others.