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Cleaning up your online reputation

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Maybe you posted an inappropriate picture, or an offensive joke to social media. That could affect your ability to get a job, since many hiring managers do a quick online search of your name.  But local experts say there are ways to clean up your online reputation.  Lida Citroen is a reputation management specialist in Denver.   She says first, delete the inappropriate photos, jokes or comments that you’ve posted.  Next, untag yourself from other people’s inappropriate posts.  “You can correct things like that, but just know that it doesn’t disappear forever.  It just disappears from the immediate search. So if somebody really wanted to dig they can find it,” Citroen says.  Third, she says, contact the company or person and ask them to take down a post,  It’s not always a quick process, but it can work.  Next, she says to post positive content.  Blog, or comment on other people’s blogs.  Comment on news articles, and tag yourself often.  Over time you will be able to push down the bad content.  Tip number 5- when you do an online search, don’t click on the links to the negative stories.