Sheri Rubin’s second article in her previously published series about how to handle lay offs.
In our article “Three Important Things to Know About Layoffs” we discussed several courses of action to follow if you get laid off, or think you might. In this article we further explore the first item, keeping your profile and network up-to-date.
How do you present yourself online? Do a ‘vanity’ check and Google your name. Do you show up at all? Do others with your name show up instead? Is what shows up about you accurate or completely false? Are there items in the results you would not be proud of? Do what you can to start making sure that what comes up first is what you’d like the world to see.
In this day and age a lot of people have no problem spouting whatever they want on Twitter, Facebook and on their blogs. The question is how does that appear to potential clients, employers, and colleagues? Legal or not, many people will use what they see on popular social sites to form opinions of you, opinions you may not necessarily want them to have or that don’t paint the whole picture.
Are friends tagging you in embarrassing pictures? Are you just outright bashing a game instead of talking constructively about its good and bad design points? Do you share inappropriate information with the general public or have you cultivated an online persona that will end up helping you create a long and fulfilling career in the industry?
There are many great articles online about what is or is not appropriate to post online. In the end, what you post is a subjective decision and one you have to make for yourself. Some feel that posting whatever they want, in whatever forum they want, shows their individuality and their true self. Others may not post anything they wouldn’t feel comfortable saying to their grandmother. Just remember that you have to be comfortable with what may happen as a result of what you do or do not post online.
How do you handle your online activity? Do you go completely anonymous or have you worked hard to have Google show your blog, website, etc. when someone searches your name? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comments section!
Sheri Rubin is founder and CEO of Design Direct Deliver, a company that strives to improve the customer experience and provides independent contract and consulting services to businesses primarily within the video game industry. She got her start in the industry over a decade ago, has been an active part of the IGDA since 1999 (she recently joined their new “lifetime membership” program), and has appeared on G4TV twice. Though she has more than thirty game credits under her belt, Sheri’s proudest moment came from showing her father her name on the Golden Tee machine in a Chicago pizzeria.