onlineprofileNow it’s time to make sure you’re presenting yourself positively and professionally – especially on social networking websites.

Recent studies show that most of people already have a profile on at least one social networking site

– Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or any of the others. And did you know that 51% of these people fully expect employers or potential employers to check out their profile. It’s true!

If you don’t already understand this, now is the time to accept that your page or your profile absolutely paints a picture of you. The great Mark Twain once said “A person never gets a second chance to make a first impression.” Hmmmm.

So make sure your first impression is appealing. Your profile on a social networking site is often your only chance to make a positive, first impression. Don’t blow it!

As soon as you finish viewing this video segment, get online and review each one of your social networking site profiles. View them from the perspective of an employer or prospective employer. Take out any unprofessional or inappropriate images, comments, graphics, music, videos, whatever. You don’t necessarily have to come across as a “goody-two-shoes” – I mean, we all have friends and we all like to have a good time – but be sure the balance of information available about you on your chosen social networking sites tells the real story of who you are, where your outside interests lie, where you’ve traveled, what you’ve accomplished, things like that. Things that will enhance your career prospects as you seek your dream job.

Next, reconsider your online circle of friends. You may have a soft spot for the good-hearted slacker who can’t seem to keep a job or dress neatly but an employer or prospective employer may not like the fact that you hang with someone like this. Also, your friend might have inappropriate pics with you tagged.  If true, either temporarily delete your friends or place your settings on a more confidential basis.

Is this fair? Probably not. Is it reality? You betcha!

So, reevaluate your online circle of friends and make sure the apparent company you keep reflects positively on you. Be honest and ask yourself “What does my online profile really say about me?”

OK, if you want an edge with your competition, it’s time to clean it up!

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