Over the past two weeks I have been evaluating my professional profile. My profile includes LinkedIn, a professional Blog, a visual CV, a professional business card, and two social media sites. I reviewed my privacy settings on my social media sites and completed an online identity calculator.
Have you done a Google search of you name lately? You would be surprised at the results, I as digitally disastrous, scary! While none of the information found on the first few pages of the search was about me, however I have a very common name. It would be tough for a potential employer to thumb through all the results to find me.
Being unaware of how I was perceived online could have been detrimental in my future success. Below is a list of step you can take to begin the process of professionalization:
- Check security settings on Facebook and other social media sites
- Check to see if all your pictures are portraying the real you
- Is your information current (LinkedIn)
- Do have a profile picture and is it appropriate
- Are your skills and abilities professional (ex. your job is not professional slacker)
- Take an online identity quiz
- Google you self, evaluate what the search produces
- Is your email professional
- Edit incorrect information
These few steps helped me be more professional online, and they can be a starting point for you.
Additionally there are behaviors that are both encouraged and avoided for social medial and online line identities.
Encouraged behaviors – be encouraging and no bullying, provide a realistic image of who you are, and connect with people who have the same interest, goals or work for companies you might be interest in
Behaviors to avoid – unfinished profiles, lack of personalization, ignoring comments, sales pitches and automated messages
By following these few steps and behaviors you are sure to be on the right path to professionalization.