Your teen’s online reputation


I have been harping about your teen’s online reputation for the last year or so. Last week I posted an infographic “Google Yourself Challenge” and encouraged you to have your teen do this simple exercise. Why? Important people are looking at their online profile (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google)–people who could have a huge affect on your teen’s future.

If you don’t believe me, here’s something that a good friend of mine posted on Facebook this week. He’s the CFO and does the hiring for a major corporation.

Public Service Announcement for those who don’t believe that potential employers actually look you up on Facebook – we do!

If you are looking for a job, take the questionable pictures down (or at least hide them). I’ve reviewed 6 resumes this AM and eliminated 3 of them based off of Facebook profiles.

Your teen may not be job hunting at the moment, but they are college searching and colleges have begun to look at profiles of their applicants. In addition, after college, your student will be looking for a job. Mistakes like this can cause them to be unemployable after graduation.

Pictures aren’t the only thing you need to worry about. Later he posted these LinkedIn profiles with some comments:

Really…? Why bother posting the resume?

Ummmm this might have been funny if it said Zack of ALL Trades…

It’s clear what your teen posts online should be professional and impressive. Encourage your teen to take some time this week and review their online profiles. Clean them up and/or make things private. The steps they take could help them stand out in a sea of applicants who didn’t take the time to do some simple housekeeping.


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