Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
Unlike the notes we used to pass in school, information posted about you on the Internet can’t be crumpled up and tossed.
If you’ve posted something you can’t remove on a site you don’t control -- a nasty letter to the editor for example, or a rant on a political blog -- try going into that site and changing your screen name so comments will not be associated with the name searched by employers. Or, nicely ask the website administrator to remove the info.
Finally, if you’ve left something indelible on the Internet and it’s just not possible to destroy the evidence, be sure to develop a proactive response that explains the situation to employers.