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What We Can Learn from Kate Middleton’s Photo Fiasco
First it was Harry, now it’s Kate.
When it comes to rudely intruding on the royal family’s private life, the paparazzi is relentless. The widely adored Kate Middleton was photographed wearing nothing but a teeny weenie bikini bottom while vacationing with her husband, Prince William.
The topless photos were recently published in the French tabloid, Closer, much to the dismay of the royal family. Middleton, who always appears to maintain her composure, is “hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner,” according to a statement issued by St James Palace. The family, which is royally embarrassed, plans to sue the magazine over the photos.
Guess that’s just what comes with being in the spotlight, huh?
Well, even if you’re not a royal or a celebrity, this could happen to you.
With today’s technology, it’s ridiculously easy for people to sneakily snap photos and post them online for everyone to see. So, no matter how neurotic you are about keeping inappropriate photos off Facebook, there is bound to be someone that will post a not-so-employer-friendly photo of you online.
So, what do you do in this situation? Here are three quick tips:
1. Update your privacy settings. Although it is always best to ask the person to take down the photo completely, sometimes that option isn’t available. If you think there are photos you’re not sure you want the world to see, make sure to lock down your Facebook and other social media accounts – especially if you’re on the job hunt. There is still a chance someone could find the photo, but updating your privacy settings can make it a little more difficult for him or her to do so.
2. Clean up your social media. If you have any questionable tweets, photos, or status updates, click the delete button. The last thing you want your potential employer to see is a random photo of you going crazy at your best friend’s bachelor party. Remember, your actions reflect on your employer, and they want to hire someone who has a professional presence. This brings me to my next point…
3. Build a positive online presence. Unfortunately, anything posted on the Internet will be out there forever, even if it gets deleted. If you’re worried about a recruiter or employer finding something negative about you online, make sure you bury your digital dirt with positive branding. Do whatever you can to get your name and brand out there in a positive and professional light: create a blog, comment on blogs, and get a LinkedIn account (Google loves LinkedIn – It’s always one of the first results to pop up). The more positive stuff there is online about you, the less negative stuff will show up in search results.