Found a great post about how to make your permanent record work for you instead of against you.

A new study summarized by CNET says that one in five employers look up job candidates online. In your industry, you’d best bet everyone at the company is not only googling you, but digging up your MySpace and your blog as well. That doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun; it just means you have to take the following steps to keep what’s none of their business out of their business.

This is where students lack of judgement comes into play. Many students don’t really understand what the word ‘public’ means anymore. Somehow they have this strange belief that if they don’t talk about their MySpace account with adults, then it’s basically invisible.

It’s not.

I believe that a key technology skill for students to learn is social networking in a public environment. If you know that the college admissions department or job recruiter is going to be Google’ing you, then you can make that work to your advantage.

As Nick says towards the end of the article, “When you have a polished blog that shows your professional expertise in a presentable manner, Google is your friend.”