We love to share great advice for reputation management right here on the ReputationManagement.com blog, but we’re not the only ones publishing excellent resources for improving your online reputation. Our CEO, Bill Fish, has been featured in a number of articles that share helpful information for improving your reputation both online and offline, covering topics including recovering from a bad interview, gracefully paying off student loan debt, and avoiding awkward money moments.

How to Recover from a Bad Interview

So you’ve made it through the initial screening process and scored an interview. What happens if you completely screw up that essential first impression? Jobvite asked experts to share their ideas for overcoming a bad interview. Bill recommends arming yourself with a solid resume that can do the talking for you even if you’re not so great at the interview itself.

Bill Fish is the founder and president of Reputation Management, a company that educates individuals and corporations on the best methods to protect and enhance their reputation online. Fish says that even if an interview goes poorly, there is a chance a candidate could still be hired because of his or her excellent resume.

“There are times, few and far between, but still times when someone’s resume just outshines the interview. Why this happens, it’s difficult to say. We are all different people, and sometimes people wake up on the wrong side of the bed, have other things on their mind, or simply don’t interview well.”

93% of employers say they rely on resumes in the recruiting process, so make sure yours shines!

Real Ways to Pay off Student Debt

Student debt can drag down your finances and your future long after you’ve graduated from college. The College Investor shares real life solutions that people used to pay off their student loan debt, including good old fashioned budgeting, scholarships, extra income, and paying more than minimums. Bill’s student loan situation was a little more difficult than most.

Total Student Loan Debt: $67,000

My story of repaying ‘our’ student loans is a bit on the comical side. I played baseball for Xavier University and received a 50% scholarship, my parents paid some of the rest, but I left school with a student loan of roughly $17,000.

A couple of years post graduation I got engaged, and started making some decent money. I made it my priority to be debt free going into marriage, and had roughly 18 months to make it happen. Due to various wedding expenses I couldn’t get it done and I vividly remember the week of our wedding looking at the balance and it was just over $1,400. I had obviously made a huge dent in it, but unfortunately didn’t finish the job.

When we got married, my wife was in graduate school to become a Speech Pathologist at Rush University in Chicago. When she completed school, it came to my realization that she had over $50,000 in student loans. We ended up meeting with an accountant when she asked him, “Do you think it would be a good idea to consolidate our student loans?”

We ended up doing so, and yep, even though I was only responsible for 3% of the student loan debt, for the next bunch of years while we paid it off, it was known as ‘our’ student loans. I never did have the heart to call her out on that designation.

Dealing with Awkward Money Moments

Awkward money moments can interfere not just with your finances, but with your reputation. There’s nothing worse than getting called out for owing a friend money or burning bridges due to a financial misunderstanding. The Simple Dollar explains how to avoid and manage awkward money moments, including unexpected party expenses like Bill’s.

Destination birthday parties are a thing these days, with parents shelling out fat cash for parties at theme parks, indoor bounce house parks, and even gymnastics centers. But, what happens when you’re asked to pay a huge chunk of the bill?

Bill Fish of ReputationManagement.com was stuck in this situation a year ago when his son was invited to a birthday party at Great Wolf Lodge – a water park near Cincinnati.

Fish didn’t ask the right questions, or any questions, and planned to drop his son off at the party for a day of water slides and fun. Sadly, it didn’t quite work out that way.

What Fish didn’t know was that entrance into Great Wolf Lodge required an overnight stay, which he would need to pay for. “I thought I was dropping off my kid with a gift for a few hours of peace and quiet,” says Fish. “What I actually received was a $400 hotel room, a jail sentence of 18 hours in a petri dish, and having to pay for all of our meals.”

Next time, he says, he will ask the right questions when another parent tries to rope his son into what could turn out to be a very expensive party. And that’s probably the best advice of all for anyone who wants to avoid this situation: Ask questions, and keep asking until you know what you’re getting into.

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