My Google Search “Footprint” is MASSIVE
Recently a friend wrote me and asked me not to feature her on my Natural Nuances series as previously planned. When I asked why, she let me know that she had apparently been passed over for a job because of a post she did on her personal blog about IVF and faith.
Now I’m not ignorant, I know that employers Google job applicants all the time, but this is the first time I’ve personally known someone who had this happen to them, specifically with a negative outcome. The irony is that the position she applied for was not topically related to infertility, IVF and/or faith … but the company expressed that they do not want applicants to promote putting personal information online and that is why she was not offered the job.
I’ve been online for over a decade and, with a Google Search footprint akin to Godzilla smashing Tokyo, I could never imagine having such a thing happen to me, nor would I see myself getting a job with a company that does not want me to have an online presence at all.
Either way, I did learn through all of this that you can submit for content to be removed from Google. I did not know that.
Have you, or anyone you know, ever been affected on your job due to Google Search results?
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