Online personal profile primarily includes social media, your own and others affiliated with you. As mentioned in this research: 73%of recruiters are hiring candidates usi
ng social media. An online professional profile would definitely boost the chances in your hands to land a job of your dreams. For it to be authentic, however, takes time and proper management.
It is often emphasised that all pseudonyms and handles should be consistent for you to be easily identifiable. That is the first step for you to be recognised as an “authentic” person because you have so many profiles of various networks, it is difficult to miss you and wont be contradicting yourself or confusing future employers with different names. Getting it verified would be an added bonus, perhaps pay the extra amount to do so. If you are a celebrity online or even a You Tuber, being verified would help you out.
To be authentic you have to be interactive with everyone. No one is going to hire you if you have a boring profile that lists your skills sets and interests, add personality, go beyond that. Actively follow various people/organisations, leave comments on posts and be as appropriate as possible.
On the topic of being active, this article, has given insig
ht on how blogs can contribute to an online professional profile. Having a blog on your topic of interest and providing opinions arguments even talking about controversial topics can definitely paint a better picture of who you are as a person. Your online profile would be authentic if your blog posts do not talk about “my skill sets” or “my strengths and weaknesses”. Even talking about similar things over and over again would be boring. Instead, punctuate your blog posts with relevant articles to your job scope. For example, if I would like to apply for a marketing job, I would create a blog with posts such as “Apple vs. Microsoft” “where did MySp
Last but not least, to maintain an authentic online profile, avoid saying inappropriate things ESPECIALLY if you are being/are a professional. Notice how a few comments that were posted jokingly by Justine Sacco ruined her life and chances of every getting employed. Sure freedom of speech has to be compromised if you are being professional but at the end of th
e day, which do you choose? Getting a job while being professional OR saying what you want to say with a job that you are forced in to? You can choose both by having separate online identities but then again there is the whole argument of having multiple online identities!
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