You have perfected your resume. You have written your cover letter and started to network. But, have you Googled yourself recently? It shouldn’t be surprising that in today’s virtual age we often overlook the impact of our online footprint. If a potential employer were to enter your name into a search engine, what might they find? Be very mindful that social media content, blogs and pictures are often available to the public. Everything you say and do online can have an impact on your reputation. Think before you post.
What about your voicemail message? Does it sound professional? Although this may seem like a minor detail, it is important to consider that more times than not, your recorded greeting is the first level of communication. Voicemail has many benefits as well as advantages, when used properly. The tone and content of your message are important. You do not want to say anything that can be judged as unprofessional. While brief, your greeting should be as informative as possible. It is also generally better to record a personal message. Avoid using the standard default greeting. Your personalized voicemail message will likely provide a much more amiable impression, as well as reassure the caller that they have reached the right person.
It is small details like these that could potentially impact an employer’s decision to interview you. Benjamin Franklin said it best: “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”