I find myself getting into the habit of wanting to start posts with “oh man oh boy”. It’s just so widely applicable.
So, internet profiling. A term I just made up (and may very well be the real deal) for when people look you up on the internet to check you out, see what you’re like. Make sure you don’t have any “getting fucked up at this party” photos on your Facebook, aren’t constantly tweeting obscenities, and have a nice and tidy LinkedIn page.
And you know what I think of that? It’s fucking stupid. Bet you didn’t see that opinion coming, did you? Oh, who am I kidding, I’m the biggest nutter there is in this field, among others.
Don’t get me wrong, I get why companies would want to do their research on you, but I honestly feel like there’s way too much value assigned to the first three Google hits when searching for Your Name. Sure it says something about you as a person, but your Facebook profile isn’t all there’s to you, and just because you have “singing” listed as a skill on LinkedIn doesn’t mean you are a nice person to be around. I get they want to see if you’ll be a good fit for the company’s culture, but you can’t make a conclusive decision based on an internet profile.
If I want to be taken seriously, I act the part. But that doesn’t keep the internet from storing my previous actions. But hey, I sometimes walk around the house naked. Doesn’t mean I’ll be going to work naked if you hire me. There’s a time and place for everything, and you shouldn’t be judging a potential employee by his or her “weekend behavior”. For all you know their “work behavior” is way better than most people’s!
Man, I miss the time when it was weird to use your full name on the internet, let alone have it be found by a search engine.