How public are you?

6829378917_6439415c2c_qImagine for a moment that you’ve just interviewed for what sounds like a great job. You go home and get on Linkedin and, GASP, the guy who interviewed you has looked at your profile! Exciting, right? He’s obviously there to check out your skills and experience and endorsements and recommendations! Or maybe he just wants your profile picture.

You see, Google has a feature that you might not know about: Search By Image. Essentially, it means you can use a picture as your search term. Kinda neat, huh? Well, as the Undercover Recruiter points out, this can be used as a (pretty creepy) way to look up job candidates’ social media profiles.

Now, this might not be a problem for some of you. Maybe you use Twitter as a repository for articles about viral marketing. Maybe you and your friends on Facebook have insightful and well-mannered discussions about the changing landscape of digital publishing. Maybe you don’t mind a prospective employer seeing all of your online activity, or inactivity if we’re talking about Google+. (Just kidding, people actually do use Google+… supposedly.)

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You are allowed to separate yourself as a job candidate from yourself as… well… yourself. And if that’s something that’s important to you, make sure that a) you’ve got your privacy settings where you want them, and b) anything that strangers can see is professional, appropriate, or, at the very least, not too scandalous.

How do you maintain your social media profiles? Do you let the world look in on your life or do you keep that stuff under lock and key? Let us know in the comments.

Photo from flickr user Victor1558, used under a Creative Commons License

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