If you’re an undergrad right now, you might not remember a time before the Internet, and you might be a little too comfortable with posting pictures and content and that could embarrass your future self — things like pictures of you partying or doing something illegal.
But even if you were careful to keep anything unflattering out of your online presence, you could be burned by the poor judgment of people who happen to share your name, as potential employers increasingly Google their job applicants before hiring.
That’s why Johns Hopkins is one of several major universities that now offer students free access to online reputation repair services before graduating. The services can’t outright eliminate the negative stuff, but they can make sure that the first page of search results is all positive, employment-friendly material.
Let’s hear it for second (or third, or fourth) chances.
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