This blog was written by Marysa our campus ambassador from the California State University, Long Beach.
“Google it!” is a phrase commonly heard in my life these days. I keep a Google search bar on the main screen of my phone and use it frequently. With that said, I know that I am not the only intern out there who relies on Google when I want to find out pretty much anything I could have ever wanted to know. However, one thing most people avoid searching for is their own name. I find that typing in my name on Google is intimidating but here are 3 reasons why you should be doing it!
- Personal branding
The name that you create for yourself is a huge aspect of internship life. When I type in my own name on Google, two of my old Twitter profile pictures show up as well as my picture on Google+. Luckily, they are headshot-like photos of my face without anything going on in the background. If an employer or internship coordinator saw these, they would be more satisfied than if my previous photos were of me wearing or doing something that lacks professionalism. Be aware of photos that are available in public. If your Twitter account is not private, your photos are going to show up in a search. Avoid using photos where you may seem unprofessional or unreliable. Remember: a picture is worth a thousand words!
Another thing that comes up when I Google myself is the direct links to ALL of my social media platforms. But when someone searches for me on Facebook, there is hardly any information that shows up. With my public Twitter account, it does not state the specific city that I live. If you want coordinators or employers to see much more about you, then feel free to be more detailed. Just remember that not every employer wants to know your weekend activities include going to beer festivals or something of the like.
Regardless of personal branding, your own safety is crucial these days. Whether we want to believe it or not there are people in the world that do not always have the best intentions. Be careful of applications like FourSquare that will show a GPS location of exactly where you have checked in. If someone finds your public Twitter account through a Google search and you have checked in to a location on FourSquare, a random person in the world has instant access to your EXACT location. It’s scary to think about, but once you are aware of the information that people can access about you, it will help you stay even safer.
When it comes down to it, it is important to Google your own name so that you can see how other people see you. It may be nerve-wracking, and you might find some things you did not expect, but it will help you stay safe and create a reputable name for yourself in the long run.