This topic typically leads one to think of LinkedIn, and several of my colleagues have given recurring ideas on how to boost their platform. However, I felt that developing an authentic online professional profile doesn’t just revolve around revamping an individual’s LinkedIn. Therefore I decided to explore a little more on the importance and other approaches that could enhance professionalism on the web.
With reference to Liting’s post, she posed a question with regards to being distinctive and authentic at the same time. Here are some ways to enhance your resume without lying!
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Liting’s post also triggered me to think that instead of blatantly stating my strengths on my online profile, why not put forth a piece of sample work to showcase my skills. Alternatively, outsource Assessment Centers to evaluate you professionally. They would then be able to see for themselves how you solve challenging scenarios at work, and perhaps certain interpersonal skills you which employers don’t get to see online. The behavioral consistency theory is able to prove authenticity when one displays their said knowledge and skills. (Jackson, 2013)
Quoting the Justine Saccro’s case as an example, Brenden emphasized that whatever is being posted online would stay on the internet. Prior to reading his post, I was naïve enough to think that “cleaning up” your social media networks would leave no trace. It did not occur to me that Google may not only reveal all your social media accounts, it could also reveal other bad search results. Hence I researched further on how one is able to “bury” or at the very least reduce their negative search results. The Reputation Management article might help!
Gathering all the tips on developing an authentic online professional profile has urged me to start ahead of others. One does not necessarily have to start working to create a professional portfolio of yourself. So let’s all start building our strengths now as aspiring digital marketers!
Jackson, Susan E. (2013) Behavioral Perspective of Strategic Human Resource Management [online] Available at: http://sk.sagepub.com/reference/encyclopedia-of-management-theory/n22.xml [Accessed 10 Nov. 2016]