Robert, 24 Graduate, was seeking to apply for a UK Public Sector position within the Home Office. He was advised that the position required an Enhanced Security Vetting which he realised would include a section on his ‘online footprint’. After 4 years in Tertiary Education it is fair to say that he was a regular user of social media and was aware that there might be some skeletons or attributable comments online which might damage his chances of clearing the Vetting. He had tried to review his own footprint using basic Google searches, but the results were difficult to assess and he knew that there were some omissions in the data recovered. He contacted OSP and within 5 days we presented Robert with a comprehensive and chronological summary of his online footprint over the past 5 years, with highlighted concerns around a number of entries. We then worked together with him to address those concerns, provide advice on how to counter the situation in an interview scenario and where appropriate requested the removal of those entries from the relevant search engine.
“I am pretty tech-savvy and the recruitment company had advised me about the enhanced vetting requirements, but when I tried to review my own online presence it was just a nightmare! The checks I did brought back different information from different search engines and only in Google was I able to add any date parameters – but this was still missing some stuff that I knew was likely out there. I heard about the ECIJA Brand Watch service through a friend and they provided a fast initial response. I was able to review a really detailed, but clear summary of my activity which enabled me to correct a few things online and take confidence into the interview, as there was not likely to be anything raised that I wasn’t prepared for. I have no doubt that the OSP support report was key, so a brilliant investment in my future.”