Beer Guzzler? Hell-Raiser? Sex-Machine? Keep It Off the Web & Away from Business!

Have any of these in your closet?

More and more, pre-business interviews are taking place online. It’s a fact, before you ever hit the interview room, a prospective employer is already hard at work, looking past your resume, portfolio and recommendations and into you as a person!

Your habits. Your life-style. The qualities you can be expected to bring to the company.

Hey “John Smith,” you’re loaded with talent, you’ve got a great education and loads of experience. You know you’re good and you’re confident as “The Dickens.” You’re a shoe-in for the job! Little did you know that the Personnel Director entered your name in Google Image-Search.

Wondering why you didn’t get the job? Remember that party in February?


And you “Missy Smith?” Harvard-educated. MBA. Fortune 500. I wonder how you’ll fare when Ms. Jenkins in personnel sees the fun you had recently. So much fun you thought it would be a blast to post it on Facebook for the world to see:

And “Kurt Miller?” You’re smart as hell! You could program a computer in C++ with your eyes closed. But you sure like to go out and raise some hell on weekends!

Wonder what type of impression this will make?

Until now, I’ve spoken only of those looking for a job. These same behaviors and photographic evidence can also affect those who already have jobs. Many companies have policies to protect themselves against such things. A clause in a contract not to embarrass one’s company can be the segue to rapid dismissal. Something to think of next time you want to show the world how cool and hip you are!

Remember…this is the age of INFORMATION! It’s at your fingertips…and it’s at everyone else’s too!

What might seem cool might not seem so cool when it costs you a job!




Yonatan Maisel is a business blogger and author. He started a business blog one year ago. 90% of his new clients now find their way to him as a direct result of having read one or more posts. He is a regular contributor at and
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