Filling out college applications? Job applications? Grad school applications?

Jon Acuff tells this chilling story, which should scare anyone thinking of ever applying for college, for a great job, or for graduate school or medical school.

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Jon writes this:

“Recently, I talked to a CEO I know.

During the conversation he told me his company had started using firms that create “online background checks” for potential employees.

There are now firms that will scrape your Facebook profile, Twitter profiles, and any use of social media to create an extensive profile on you.

The company thinking about interviewing you now has something new to think about.”

Here’s the takeaway.

The lesson to take away from this is that years of high-quality, positive, social media footprint may someday be one of your son or daughter’s greatest employment assets.

But a history of embarrassing online posts?  That could get in the way of everything your child is working for.

Be careful. Tell your kids to be careful. Read more from Jon Acuff on this subject here.

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Who is Jon Acuff?

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck.  You can find a complete list of Jon’s books here.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie Burlowski is a full-time consultant, author, and conference speaker.   She helps parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love.  Her book LAUNCH:  How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward is due out in 2016.  You can find Jeannie’s free help for parents in the “WHAT TO DO WHEN” section on this website.  Follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

“We only got around to doing a fraction of what Jeannie tells people to do in the free help on her website, and we saved well over $50,000 on college costs. Our daughter earned a four year degree from an excellent private university at age 20, and she’s now in California happily working her dream job at Disney. Get to one of Jeannie’s live classes if you can. Buy a plane ticket if you have to!”  — Liz and Tim Weatherhead, parents, Bloomington, MN

What about you?  Have you heard any horror stories about someone who lost an opportunity due to a past social media blunder?  What ideas do you have for helping your kids to keep a positive footprint online for a lifetime?  Comment below or LIKE Jeannie Burlowski Author on Facebook and let’s talk about it there.

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Hi, I'm Jeannie Burlowski

I'm a full-time academic strategist, speaker, and podcast host, and I’m the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

My work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington PostUSA TodayNerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

I also help students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow me on Twitter @JBurlowski.

My team and I are leading a debt-free college revolution. We hope you’ll join us.

Hi, I'm Jeannie Burlowski.

I'm a full-time academic strategist, speaker, and podcast host, and I’m the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

My work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington PostUSA TodayNerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

I also help students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow me on Twitter @JBurlowski.

My team and I are leading a debt-free college revolution. We hope you’ll join us.

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