Employers are increasingly turning to the web to find out information about potential hires. As more and more people post their inner secrets, foibles and adventures on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, employers are using this information to get an idea about who they are hiring. While it might be entertaining to post the details of last Friday's drunken madness, it will definitely count against you. Swords have two edges which seems to go for technology also. Beware what you post because now everyone has access.
Reputation is really just another concept for credibility. Credibility is the only currency that has any real value anymore. Your personal integrity is the yardstick by which you are measured and you must defend it with every weapon in your arsenal. In many ways, we must become like the gentlemen of old that fought duels for their honor and reputation. However, now our weapons are blogs, forum posts and social networking sites. Credibility is the key to everything you wish to accomplish in life. Protect your reputation and be smart about what you post for the world to see. Or, as the proverb goes "Don't air your dirty laundry in public."
Learn more: Lifehacker: Manage Your Online Reputation