Have you ever ‘googled’ your own name and found things there that you want to get rid of? Maybe your social networks reveals some details about you that you wish remained private. Sometimes your name is tarnished by someone who has the same name as you. When you are applying for a job, the employer may not know that that person is not you? How do you go about distinguishing yourself and cleaning up your online presence? This Lifehack lesson, by Katie Gatto,  has all the tricks to help you wash away, hide or obfuscate those search results that you don’t want seen. It’s free for the first week and to subscribe to Lifehack lessons and get all the previous and new lessons, it only cost $4.99 per month.

Here is an excerpt from this lesson

You aced the interview and now the only thing between you and a job offer is a background check. While you can ever be sure that a company will check you out online, you can’t be sure that they won’t either. That uncertainty makes a good image cleanup critical to your job search in the digital age.

What Image Do You Want To Project?

Before you begin your cleanup you need to figure out what image you want to project online. This will vary depending on your chosen profession. Obviously pictures of you in a club at three A.M. will not be what you want if you’re trying to get a job as a corporate attorney and it will be if your dream job is as a DJ. Knowing what is unacceptable is critical.

Featured photo credit: Camouflage of a butterfly on the bark of a tree via Shutterstock

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