By Mike Timmermann, clarkhoward.com
Some of the top Google searches lately include Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Tesla’s Elon Musk and comedian Jon Stewart.
These are all big names in American culture, but when’s the last time you searched your name?
Why you should Google your own name
You really should type your name into that search bar because there’s a good chance that other people are already doing it. Here’s just a short list of folks who might be Googling you:
- Prospective employers
- Future landlord
- College admissions staff
- Love interests (Past and present)
- Estranged family and friends
According to Glassdoor.com, nearly 80% of employers will conduct a Google search to learn more about you – good and bad — before an interview.
These are the four things they’re looking for:
- Professional headshot
- Your online portfolio
- The size of your digital footprint
- Your character and behavior
In other words, think of this type of a search as a pre-interview.
While a search that turns up unflattering material would likely eliminate a job applicant from consideration, positive search results may give someone an edge.
How to get the best search results
By now, maybe you’ve already started Googling yourself to see what turns up.
But to see everything that’s out there, you’ll want to add other words to your search, such as the name of your company, school or where you live. Anything to narrow the results.
Don’t forget Google Images
After you complete those steps, be sure to do a Google Images search to see what pictures of yourself show up.
Think someone is stealing your pictures? Then use the reverse image search tool.
From the Google Images page, click on the camera button to search by image. After you upload a photo and click search, you’ll see sites that are using your picture!
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