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>> ON THE JOB 2. Respond to negative posts. Find a bad comment or rant about you? Most of the time, you can write a rebuttal in the comments section. However, you want to be careful to provide a clear explanation without sounding defensive. 3. Ask to have it removed. If people so dislike you that they wrote negative public comments, chances are they probably won’t take them down. But it can’t hurt to ask. BY DAWN RASMUSSEN, CMP << THE WRONG WORDS THE JOB SEARCH AS WE KNOW IT WILL BE OBSOLETE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. We have eagerly embraced online technology as a communication tool in recent years, resulting in a critical mass of personal information. Sooner than later, the tech gods will unveil an all-inclusive platform that will pull data from all over the Web and create jobseeker profiles that you may or may not be able to control. Think about it: a one-stop shopping center of you. Employers will eventually interface with a system that centralizes digital identities using an established data algorithm. And what others say, write and think about you will be part of this profile. My point? Things people write, upload and communicate about you are much more influential to your weight as a candidate than in the past and can make the difference between 38 4. Be proactive and bury it. Concentrate your efforts on building positive content, which can effectively bury that one bad thing on Page 10 of the Google search results. Be vigilant, proactive, informed and aware, and you’ll do a better job now of boosting your employability in the future. you getting the job or the boot. Words can and will break your job search. Want to find out what the Internet is already saying about you? Visit, where Jacob Share, a cutting-edge career expert, has posted 200 online reputation tools. Which is all well and good, but doesn’t address what you can do if you don’t like what you find. If someone writes something bad about you, you need to prevent it from negatively affecting your job search. Take these steps now to positively impact your ability to find a job in the future. 1. Clean it up. Make sure that there is absolutely nothing on the websites you can control that could be perceived as negative. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but the Internet is forever. Have a burning question for our resident career management expert? E-mail Dawn Rasmussen a question at and get a video response next month. DAWN RASMUSSEN, CMP, is the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Careers, which specializes in hospitality/ meeting professional résumés. She has been a meeting planner for more than 15 years and an MPI member since 2001. one+ 02.11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + February 2011

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Energy of Many
The Productivity Cloud
MPIWeb Connect
Events for Life
Gateway to the Future
Top Spots
It Was Not Interesting
The Wrong Words
Up to Snuff
That’s Enough Facebook
Super Foods to the Rescue
Shoring Resources
Jack and Smoke
Accidentally on Purpose
Staying on Top of Tech
The Joy of Work
Plan to Run
Productivity on the Go
Angel of the Favelas
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again
MPI’s 2011 Meeting Guide to Canada
Banff Centre
Ottawa Tourism
Tourisme Montréal
The Buzz
InterContinental Canada
Caesars Windsor
Vintage Hotels
The Great Green North
Whistler, British Columbia
Meetings and Conventions Calgary
Scotiabank Convention Centre

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