Dos and Don’ts

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When creating a strong online presence there are some clear dos and don’ts that everyone should be aware of. Before posting anything, professional or private, consider these tips.

In short:

Do…

  • make personal profiles private
  • have a diverse network of profiles
  • share your work online
    • be open to critiques on your work
  • express your opinions- be proactive on social networks
  • be mindful of word choice
  • *think before you post!*

Don’t…

  • make everything private
  • be afraid of having diverse information on yourself
  • share something you are not proud of
  • make careless grammar and spelling mistakes
  • include pictures or posts including profanity, alcohol, drugs, or religious related subjects
  • *post something you are not proud of*

Do make personal profiles private and beware of versions of privacy settings. But, don’t make everything private. You can’t create an identity without profiles and you don’t want to seem like you have too much to hide.

Do have a diverse network of profiles- use multiple kinds of sites. Also, don’t be afraid of having diverse information on yourself; you want to add some personal finesse to your profile to show what interests you. This will help you create a holistic image of yourself, even though it’s virtual.

Do share your work online but don’t share something you are not proud of. Having a virtual profile can be really helpful for getting jobs and displaying your talents, as long as you share things you wouldn’t be ashamed of showing an employer in the future. Also, be open to critiques on your work because they can only help you create a better profile.

Do express your opinions and be proactive on social networks. Every little thing you do on the Internet helps make a diverse identity online. However, don’t make careless grammar and spelling mistakes. People pay attention to the details even when you don’t. Recruiters also pay attention to certain keywords and phrases you use, so be mindful of word choice.

Don’t include pictures or posts including profanity, alcohol, drugs, or religious related subjects. It’s very important not to post controversial topics on a public profile. Keep these on private sites for friends and family if you would like.

The most important rule of thumb when posting anything online is thinking about the future. You need to be aware that what you post can come up far in the future when you least expect it. Deleting things online can be very hard to do (refer to this helpful article on deleting things online if you need help with this). It’s even harder to delete the memory of an embarrassing post from the minds of others. Just think before you post.

Sources:
Social Resume Infograph by Kristin Marino, onlinecollege.com
10 Tips To Optimize Your Online Presence (For Job Hunts) by Michael Poh, hongkiat.com

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