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Keeping Your Online Identity Professional

Keeping Your Online Identity Professional

Renee Weisman | Excelle

Facebook recently started a new group called the “six degrees of separation”. An ambitious undertaking, the leader asked each participant to send a group notice to everyone in his or her contact list in order to determine if it was possible to contact every single person on Facebook (over 30 million viewers) with six or fewer connections.

I am not sure whether this undertaking will prove that everyone is connected to everyone else by six degrees of separation, but it certainly got me thinking about the vast reach of the digital network.

Unlike any other networking opportunity, the internet has to potential to connect you to more people with more opportunities than any other medium. That fact makes it critical to have a positive and professional online reputation, especially for women.

(Inherently, women have fewer natural contacts than men, because men often network at sports events, over a round of golf, or by having a few drinks after work. The internet is gender neutral.)

If you are looking for a new job, you can be sure that the hiring manager will do an internet search on you. If you are in a large firm and are looking to be promoted to a senior position, you can be sure the promotion committee will check your digital profile. If you are looking for consulting or sales opportunities, the internet provides firms with a fast way to check you out. And they will!

Are you digitally distinctive in a positive way? If you are not sure, Google yourself. Do the same on your company’s intranet and other search engines (yahoo, altavista, pch, etc). Are you there? Do you like what you see? If not, it is time to reinvigorate your online image. You may be amazed at what your first search shows.

How do you start building the right image? >>


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    grace2U

    over 2 years ago

    786 comments

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    qtp2tjulie

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    You can also adjust your FB settings so that only certain people can view/search it. This is the easy way to protect your online identity.

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    reneelkw

    about 5 years ago

    68 comments

    A friend just told me that at the INTERVIEW, her hiring manager asked her to bring up her facebook page. He wanted to see the types of things she was posting as a way to judge whether she would fit in his organization! All the more reason to heed this advice

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    This article contained very usual information for marketing yourself and your business. Thank you very much.

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    Jkaria

    about 5 years ago

    52 comments

    Very insightful information for people who want to succeed especially in business. Thanks.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Great article with very useful information. Thank you.

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