Potential Employers DO Google You!
Google is the greatest screener available to a Human Resource department AND it's FREE! Why wouldn't they use every tool available to them to find that perfect employee?
So what's a perfect employee? Well, that depends on the job, but let's think about what the employee from hell looks like.
The Ranter - the person who goes on Facebook, Twitter, RateMyProfessor, or the myriad other social media outlets and rants about his or her job, friends, teachers, or parents. The last thing an employers wants is an employee with the potential to rant about their job, fellow employees, or boss!
The Grammatical Nincompoop - the person who can't be bothered spell checking or proofreading their posts. Think about it. Have you ever used Facebook--especially if you like text messaging language--and then go back and read how spell checker has changed your post? Yikes -- proofreading does pay off.
The Partier - really? Do you really need to be reminded not to post pics while chugging tequila in a tutu, or posting sexually explicit comments?
Take a minute to Google yourself and think about what a potential employer sees. Do you feel the need to scrub your social media accounts?