Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Internet Tip: Google Yourself

My journalism class with Joy Mayer discussed how to develop a personal brand last week. It has given me way too many ideas for blog posts, so I'm going to focus on a few key ideas that are helpful to all of us approaching the professional world. Today's tip is courtesy of Jen Lee Reeves, another faculty member of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Today's tip: Google yourself.

Now THAT'S easy! Just type your name into the search bar and see what links come up. You'll also want to click on "Images" to view the photos associated with your name.

Need proof? Check out this photo that came up when a couple of my friends searched their names. While this image was from a college-sponsored skit night, it's likely to lead to some questions if employers are looking online. By knowing what images appear, you can be prepared to explain the context of the photo accordingly!

Now, for those of you saying "What the heck?!" here's the story behind this specific photo. Bonus points for anyone who can name the girl in the poodle skirt. (Hint, hint.)

Happy Googling to you!

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