Tips for Personal Online Reputation Management When Leaving a Job

Online Reputation Defender is often discussed in the context of businesses keeping themselves in a positive light, but it is also extremely important for individuals to manage their reputation and the way that they look to businesses online. Your activity on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn is being looked at by employers more and more in the modern world, and knowing how to keep it positive, especially in the wake of a change of careers, is extremely important.
This article from the Harvard Business Review has many tips for maintaining your reputation offline when leaving your job, and many of these tips can be applied to the online world as well! Being communicative and open about your departure with your superiors–the people most likely to be contacted based on your LinkedIn connections and other factors–for example, is obviously going to be beneficial to you both online and offline, but some of the other techniques can have benefits that are not quite so immediately obvious.

Simple things like talking to people in person also have real benefits for your online reputation, though. Things that happen in person are far more likely to stay, well, in-person than if you talk to your (soon to be former) coworkers through e-mail or social media. This has the added, less obvious, benefit of keeping negative interactions off the net. It’s much easier to deal with someone being upset with you about something in person than it is online, and if you talk to them in person you have a good chance of being able to resolve things before they hit the internet where they’ll stick forever. Additionally, this allows you to keep up positive relationships, which will add more positivity to your feeds and show potential employers the sort of environment you breed.

The other big tip for leaving your job and maintaining your composure online is to continue working and performing as you have been during your final weeks. If you start slacking off or acting like you’re irreplaceable, especially on Facebook or other social media, this will be a highly visible red flag to potential employers. Work hard even in your final weeks, and your superiors and coworkers will continue to think positively of you.