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How to improve your Professional Networking Profile

In the current technological age it’s important to stay up to date with all the trending sites, blogs and relevant information. Just like yesterday’s paper won’t tell you about today’s news; if your online presence and profile is out of date it will be overlooked.

Keep your Profile Updated

Your online profile will grow as you do. Every day you practice your skills and learn to manage new tasks. Choose a few hours a week where you do your online admin. Update your profile with anything relevant that has changed, whether you have new samples of your writing or your address changed, it’s important to keep your pages up to date.

If you are managing a blog page as well, make sure you right about everything that is on trend within your field. Writing about an older version of a software program or business deal that happened a few months ago might give the impression that you are behind with your information.

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Google Yourself

Since mostly all internet users have some sort of online presence, prospective employers are likely to Google search your name to see what pops up. This means that everything relating to your name will come up in the search, so beware of how you project yourself online.

It is always advised to keep your personal life private and your professional life public. As a working individual you are branding yourself, and you can choose what message is being portrayed. If you want to improve your online profile search your name in Google and see what comes up. If you find that a lot of content is damaging to your character or profile you can attempt to change your online image.

Be Recognizable

It’s important to be transparent when it comes to your online profile. This does not mean you have to reveal every aspect of your life, but be truthful about who you are. People want to connect a picture to a profile so linking a professional image to your profile with give you that added edge over someone with a cartoon character or random picture as their profile image. Having a striking professional profile image will make your recognizable and people will be able to link the profile to the profession.

Twitter Tips

If you don’t have a separate professional account for your Twitter then you have to closely manage your personal account. A lot of prospective employers will request a link to your social media handles to get a better feel of who you are, especially if you will be working in the field of social media.

Use your description section to specify exactly what your main passions and businesses, a lot of people won’t read past this point if they are not interested. Follow people relevant to your field to stay up to date with what is trending in the professional sphere.

LinkedIn Tips

LinkedIn is one of the leading profession based social networking sites for businesses. If you are a working professional creating a LinkedIn profile is your first step into showing your working relevance. This way you can project what you have accomplished, and the site allows others to recommend your skills and expertise.

If you are a job seeker the most important tip when it comes to LinkedIn is to have a public profile. Otherwise some prospective clients might not be able to get in touch with you.  Invite people and connect with others in your field, this way you will show that you are interested in networking and promoting each other.

Commonground Tips

With sites like Commonground it’s all about interaction. Just like you won’t get anywhere by standing in the corner of a real life network event, you have to put yourself out there. Networking with other environmental consultants won’t be too hard if you are active within the community.

The great thing is that you have the same interests, so all you have to do is join the community, share links, comment on other articles and attend local events created especially for you.

These are just a few simple steps you can take in improving your professional online profile. Remember to keep all information relevant and up to date, be recognizable by posting the same profile image on all your networking sites and stay interactive by commenting on other people’s articles, sharing relevant links and building valuable connections.

About the author: Lilly Sheperd, an occasional guest-blogger, geek girl. When not blogging or rushing with the Zerg on Battlenet, she likes to travel and read a lot, especially about Internet and technology.

In the current technological age it’s important to stay up to date with all the trending sites, blogs and relevant information. Just like yesterday’s paper won’t tell you about today’s news; if your online presence and profile is out of date it will be overlooked.

Keep your Profile Updated

Your online profile will grow as you do. Every day you practice your skills and learn to manage new tasks. Choose a few hours a week where you do your online admin. Update your profile with anything relevant that has changed, whether you have new samples of your writing or your address changed, it’s important to keep your pages up to date.

If you are managing a blog page as well, make sure you right about everything that is on trend within your field. Writing about an older version of a software program or business deal that happened a few months ago might give the impression that you are behind with your information.

Google Yourself

Since mostly all internet users have some sort of online presence, prospective employers are likely to Google search your name to see what pops up. This means that everything relating to your name will come up in the search, so beware of how you project yourself online. It is always advised to keep your personal life private and your professional life public. As a working individual you are branding yourself, and you can choose what message is being portrayed. If you want to improve your online profile search your name in Google and see what comes up. If you find that a lot of content is damaging to your character or profile you can attempt to change your online image.

Be Recognizable

It’s important to be transparent when it comes to your online profile. This does not mean you have to reveal every aspect of your life, but be truthful about who you are. People want to connect a picture to a profile so linking a professional image to your profile with give you that added edge over someone with a cartoon character or random picture as their profile image. Having a striking professional profile image will make your recognizable and people will be able to link the profile to the profession.

Twitter Tips

If you don’t have a separate professional account for your Twitter then you have to closely manage your personal account. A lot of prospective employers will request a link to your social media handles to get a better feel of who you are, especially if you will be working in the field of social media. Use your description section to specify exactly what your main passions and businesses, a lot of people won’t read past this point if they are not interested. Follow people relevant to your field to stay up to date with what is trending in the professional sphere.

LinkedIn Tips

LinkedIn is one of the leading profession based social networking sites for businesses. If you are a working professional creating a LinkedIn profile is your first step into showing your working relevance. This way you can project what you have accomplished, and the site allows others to recommend your skills and expertise. If you are a job seeker the most important tip when it comes to LinkedIn is to have a public profile. Otherwise some prospective clients might not be able to get in touch with you.  Invite people and connect with others in your field, this way you will show that you are interested in networking and promoting each other.

Commonground Tips

With sites like Commonground it’s all about interaction. Just like you won’t get anywhere by standing in the corner of a real life network event, you have to put yourself out there. Networking with other environmental consultants won’t be too hard if you are active within the community. The great thing is that you have the same interests, so all you have to do is join the community, share links, comment on other articles and attend local events created especially for you.

These are just a few simple steps you can take in improving your professional online profile. Remember to keep all information relevant and up to date, be recognizable by posting the same profile image on all your networking sites and stay interactive by commenting on other people’s articles, sharing relevant links and building valuable connections.

 

Lilly Sheperd, an occasional guest-blogger, geek girl. When not blogging or rushing with the Zerg on Battlenet, she likes to travel and read a lot, especially about Internet and technology.



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