In Germany it is Anxiety What others might find out about you is important - especially when it comes to your career. It is beneficial when a renowned lawyer reports openly about his embarrassments online. Because what matters is how you deal with it.

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Digital eraser or stand up to embarrassment?

How big is the fear in Germany that potential employers in the Internet Finding delicate information about someone and not hiring you in the first place is shown, for example, by book titles such as “Karrierefalle Internet” or the fact that well-known state data protection officials warned against Google Street View in this context. Politicians are already clamoring for the digital eraser. They even found their own technical term: reputation management! Language is always very revealing...

Wouldn't it make more sense to do it to one's own embarrassment on the net confident stand? Because around Honestly to be, many of us will have no other choice: Who of us at the age of 15, 20 or 30 can foresee which irrelevant tweet tweeted out could later be his undoing?

Searched for courageous role models!

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Of course that's nice, when everyone else is shaking with fear about career traps and reputation management. But as already said yesterday: You can also turn the tables and decide for yourself what is embarrassing - and what not.

For that, however, it is necessary positive Role models – namely people who not only stand by their own embarrassments, but can also talk about and laugh about them afterwards. And with it too Success like Udo Vetter, for example, who has more than 19.000 followers on Twitter. Vetter, a specialist lawyer for criminal law known through the Law Blog, i.e. a profession that is known through serious Behavior says, was at an event with the beautiful name Twittwoch in Düsseldorf.

The story with the underpants

There he was asked, among other things, what his most embarrassing Twitter experience was. And told a story where I personally got red ears because I would have been so embarrassed:

Vetter wanted to buy underpants and complained via Twitter about the scratchy anti-theft devices. I may be as Ms. I just find this topic a bit more precarious. But in any case what happened to Vetter, which probably happens to many users: He wasn't himself clearwho's reading it all.

What is embarrassing, I determine!

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For a few weeks later, during a hearing by one of the assessors at a regional court, he was asked whether it was normal for lawyers to twitter publicly on the web through their underwear. And Cousin was, as he admitted at Twittwoch, but a little embarrassed.

But it turned out that the assessor Humour and was also able to laugh about it - probably because Vetter didn't try to negate his embarrassment or downplay it, but simply stood by it. And the story today can be told loosely and amusingly as an anecdote.

Please no hysteria!

Now I don't want to deny that there is definitely a risk that employers will offer unsuitable Candidate Sort based on information. However, I think that one should not fall into hysteria about it. How fast This is possible, as shown by this example from the USA:

There, the State Department warned Columbia University students against making public statements about Wikileaks on the Internet. Reason: A statement on this topic could endanger the career of those who want to join government agencies.

Turn the tables

Comment from a German HR specialist on this text: “It is sad that there are employers who are really in this mood!” That points in the right direction: As a job seeker, you can and should turn the tables if you still don't seem to like it in Germany.

For example with the question: What does that say about the corporate culture if the Employees be spied on in advance? And: I want one like that Company really work? Don't I want an employer who gives their employees some confidence? Incidentally, individual companies have already recognized that more and more employees are asking this question - and have committed themselves to only evaluating those application documents that applicants voluntarily provide.

Stand by you!

The HR, with whom I recently spoke on the subject, said there was no way he would not hire an applicant because he found questionable things about him on the internet. However, it could be that he is the applicant in the job interview responsive to it. For example, he would like to know whether the applicant is aware of how this affects the public.

Ergo, it is important not to come up with stupid excuses in such a case, but to counter them cleverly, for example when you are confronted with the embarrassment in an interview or with colleagues. Or to stand by yourself. Because what is embarrassing ultimately determines everyone himself!

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