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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Have You Googled Yourself

This is something that I blogged about back in the Summer of 2005, this whole idea about the type of online presence you maintain. I mention it again because of a recent entry entitled “I’m going to Google you” and I can't recall who had posted it - and I've searched my Bloglines and Google Blog Search.

The idea behind this post was how Google and other search engines have the ability to present a profile of you, both a realistic one, maybe a false one if there are others with the same name as you (e.g., their is a botany professor named Michael Barbour and another one as well, whom I believe is in Calfornia - although that may be the botany guy too, but there are two others in the academy), and maybe one that you're not so proud of if you were a little more vocal and unrefined in your youthful days.

What I find most interesting about this is that there are still people out there that would never think about seeing what comes up for them on the Internet. What kind of profile does Google protray for you? Why not go and check and let us know.

Tags: academy, tenure, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it's unreal how much junk is floating there. By the way, I didn't have a visible presence until I became a full-time faculty member. Now, all kinds of stuff is there -- my schedule, committee assignments, etc.

8:15 PM


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