Your online reputation is huge for Public Relations. Everyone going into this field hopefully knows this. so doing a google search on yourself every so often is a great idea.
When I do a google search on “Ali Fingerhut” the first thing that comes up is Fingerhut.com. Thank goodness this site sells home products, and not anything risque.
The next thing that comes up is my Facebook. I have my Facebook set on private, so a random person only sees a picture of my tubing, and a picture of me and my two friends. It isn’t anything that I mind people seeing.
Another thing that pops up is my Vine. There is nothing scandalous on there, but I still don’t like that being one of the first things that pops up. My Pinterest also comes up when you do a search. This wordpress blog also comes up when I do a search. I would like for it to be one of the first things to come up because it is so career centered. (So I should definitely blog more.) The website I made for Dr. Blankston’s class comes up on the second page. It would be nice if that was one of the first things you saw.
Whenever I type Ali Fingerhut into the video search, a video we made singing to Brett Eldredge comes up, again nothing bad, so I am okay with that.
I typed “Alexis Fingerhut” into google and the only thing that comes up is my LinkedIn. That’s really the only social media site that I use my “real name.” On my resume I always put Alexis and Ali in parenthesis so that people can search on both.
I have learned from my search that I do not have anything that I need to hide on google. But that I really need to do more so that more career oriented things come up. Such as that I am in PRSSA and that I am interning at SIUE. I need to figure out how to delete my Vine account because that is just unnecessary.
When you search for me I think you get the idea that I am a good person that likes to have fun. But I definitely need to add more goal oriented things. Like maybe add a career board on Pinterest, or something else like that.
My personal brand statement is I’m Ali Fingerhut and my main focus as a college student.student is to make good grades, have as many internships as I can, and be as prepared for life after college as possible. As a very involved student on campus I love to be the PR Director for PRSSA and volunteer for Relay for Life as their Event Chair.
When I was at Pro Am Day the speaker Stacey Harvatin told us to use a different name for Facebook because that’s where it was okay to be more personal about yourself and I think that is a great idea that I will probably do when I am on the job hunt one day. Not because there is anything bad, but so I can keep my private and work life separate.
I really like Chapter 24 of our book where he talks about Search Engine Marketing,(page 363), because with the “new rules” people will be searching for us and we need to make sure they see great things.