What is professional online presence?
On-line presence is how others perceive you on the web both personally and professionally. Nearly everybody uses social networks now; if you're amongst the many who do, then you need to consider the information you put out there. Will it be relevant in a few years' time? Is it accurate? Would you be happy for anybody to see it - including prospective employers? To appear professional at all times it is sensible to think about how you are communicating on social network sites.
A good way to see how others may perceive you online is to "Google" yourself and note the top 5 results. You will find your social network information takes priority in most cases.
Keep passwords safe
You can manage your passwords effectively in a number of ways; by using a free password management system e.g. LastPass. Or by using a Google account. Never share your password with anybody and always log out at the end of a session.
Explore ways to develop professional networks
LinkedIn is a popular social networking website for professionals and a platform to connect with others with similar interests in your field.
Some tips on maintaining a professional identity:
- Write an informative profile headline
- Pick an appropriate photo
- Show off your education
- Develop a professional summary
- Fill “skills & expertise” with keywords
- Update your status regularly
- Show your connectedness
- Collect diverse recommendations
- Claim your unique LinkedIn URL
- Share your work
Gain an insight into what skills employers are looking for