Monday, January 26, 2015

Your online profiles matter

I’m pretty sure someone has told you this couple of times or you may have read it somewhere. It is true, how you present yourself online is very important. We make the mistake of thinking that our online profiles do not matter, and many have burned badly. Believe it or not, wherever you have sent a curriculum vitae or a business proposal, your online profiles were perused.

Traditionally, employers and business associates (would be) rushed to verify qualifications, identity documents and employment history. Online reputations hardly mattered then - anyone can tell in a matter of minutes if you’re worth their time via your various online platforms.

Then what?

The reality is people will judge you accordingly, whether you like it or not. More like dressing for work never post anything online that present you in a negative light. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying be a robot; there is no need to post pornographic material unless that is your profession. The idea is to present yourself in a way that will get you noticed for the right reasons.

It is better to be safe than sorry, so before joining any online platform, determine exactly what you would like to be known for. This will give you an idea of what you should post and not post. Never make the mistake of being hip for being mean or undermining others. Online platforms are great, no doubt about that. Only those with defined online goals and are consistent succeed.
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