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Building a professional online profile

Expression and Connection: the key to developing an authentic profile

Authenticity is the key! Lets face it, building an online professional profile is becoming more and more essential today. Why? Because it has become increasingly popular for recruiters to use the web to conduct employment backgrounds and screens (Schawbel, 2011). Without this definitive presence online that attracts employers, recruiters cannot find you and make that all important judgement call on your online identity. Continue reading →

Have you heard of me, and if not why not?

As the digital world is expanding, the way in which employers search for new recruits is changing. As a student on the cusp of joining the professional world, I am keen to develop my own professional identity in order to give myself the best chance of success. So, for purely selfish reasons, I have decided to put together a step-by-step guide on how to create your own authentic, online professional identity. Continue reading →

An Authentic, Professional Online Profile.

I am Andy Sugden. Andrew, to be precise, but Andy is the name I’ve chosen to be referred to as. The one issue with this and creating a successful online profile is that I’m unlikely to ever reach the top page of a google for ‘Andy Sugden’, those spots generally being taken by sites relating to the Emmerdale character of the same name. My Twitter account, @AndySugden, has just crept into the second page of results though, so there’s a start. Andy Sugden vs. Andy Sugden. Continue reading →

Developing a professional online profile

Today more than ever, it is vital that we have a professional online presence given that “80% of employers Google job seekers before inviting them into an interview!” (Joyce, 2014) This percentage certainly shocked me and got me thinking, what is the best way to create an authentic professional online presence and self-brand ourselves to attract potential employers… So let’s start with the most obvious platform to attract, interact and connect with millions of... Continue reading →

Developing Your Online Professional Profile

Increasingly the case for online employability is being brought forward and we need to take notice. Social media gives both candidates and employers the chance to be more active in their job hunt (Holmes, 2012) The use of certain social networks, like Twitter for example, did not emerge immediately as obvious professional environment – Twitter is said to be emerging as one of the best social networks used by companies to recruit new employees (Le Viet, 2014). Continue reading →

Developing your brand.

(Jobvite, 2012). In this blog post I will focus on the idea of your personal online brand. A starting point to further developing a professional profile is to create an page. This page can act as a ‘homepage’ of you. On the page it is advisable to add a short bio about you, and a picture. From this page there will be links to your other online profiles such as your Twitter, WordPress blog and LinkedIn (though you are able to add many more if you want). Continue reading →

LinkedIn or Out?

During my adolescent years I had some inclination that I wanted to go into the world of Finance. Having watched ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ – a great film, at the age of 15 I decided to try and become a Stockbroker. Needless the say, my opinions matured over the years. I managed to secure a Gap Year Placement with IBM and that’s how I found out about LinkedIn – The ‘Facebook’ for the professional world. Continue reading →

Topic 3: Preventing a cyberspace collision – maintaining an authentic and professional online profile

  [ CLICK above]                                                         (Ollier-Malaterre et al., 2013, p.645) Last week’s topic, there was a clear understanding that digital identity is important, because it’s a two-way process; how we are perceived by others (Costa and Torres, 2011) and how we interpret others. Continue reading →

Topic 3: Building your Online Professional Profile

Please read these notes and check out the link, before preparing and posting your answer to the set question. This document should be regarded as just the start of the discussion, which we all then develop over the next two weeks through the conversations themselves and the sharing of further relevant links. It is intended to give you a flavour of the challenges and opportunities in managing your professional online identity, and get you started on answering the Topic 3 set question below. Continue reading →