When do you get too old for keg stands or power hours? It’s open for debate. Unless of course you have the pictures up on your Facebook, Myspace, Friendster, Imeebo, or plastered on your apartment building for all to see. Valleywag gives some dos and don’ts for those of us searching for the beacon of light, a job.
Before you prune, realize that an employer’s angst isn’t really about what’s online; it’s about your real life as the web represents it. Do you want to be part of a company that doesn’t let its employees goof off on their own time? Or say there’s a photo online of you smoking up. Most major companies have every reason to reject an illegal drug user. But not everyone — for instance, smoking up and getting trashed is a requisite for many startups. Even megacorp Google was started by two guys who still attend drug-friendly Burning Man.
So before you clean up your image, see if someone will hire you just as you are. Where would the world be if Hunter S. Thompson had cleaned up for Rolling Stone?
The list is pretty generic.
1. Google yourself
2. Make your profile private
3. Check your blog