Networking for Work: benefits of an online profile
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  • 1. Networking for Work: http://work.talkaboutlocal.org
  • 2. The benefits of an online profileWhy create any sort of online profile for yourself?- You can create profiles that project what you want to beknown about you.- To socialize, stay in touch with friends and family.- To build a useful online network of contacts and becomemore widely known for what you can do.- To demonstrate as well as state your skills.
  • 3. Shout about yourself – people cant know about youuntil you tell them! Market yourself. [Photo by Claumoho]
  • 4. Show yourself in the best lightYour online profiles are spaces you control – use them to tell people what youwant to be known for.
  • 5. Socialize, share knowledge and increase potential foropportunitiesBecause its nice to keep in touch, many heads are often better than one and younever know who might know what!!
  • 6. By talking about yourself online in anappropriate way you are showing off your web Volunteering Nuneaton andskills and demonstrating an awareness of how B31 Voices on Facebook.to use the internet well.
  • 7. You are also demonstrating other skills such as Newcastle Bookbinderswriting or a particular trade/skill you are focusing on.
  • 8. You can also show this with a BAKE – Facebook page for two cakeFacebook page or group and share bakers trading from home. Birmingham Hula Hoopers group createdit amongst your networks. by freelance fitness instructor.
  • 9. Things to think about with an online profileJust as with crossing the road, there are some risks to posting online. Itshow you manage that risk thats important. [Photo by Massimiliano]
  • 10. Do you want a potential employer to read that?What you say online is more permanent than what you say down the pub. [Photo by Garrett Coakley]
  • 11. Check your account settings on personal profilesLook at your profiles whilst logged out or view them as a non-friend would seethem. Tighten the privacy settings to restrict access if you want to. [Photo by Ell Brown]
  • 12. Are you being tagged in photos?Or are friends writing on your Facebook wall or elsewhere online? Untag/deletecontent if you can, request others to alter/delete content about you that youreunhappy with. [Photo by Davi Ozolin]
  • 13. Whats your current online profile?- Try doing a Google search for yourself. What comes up?What might a potential employer think of the content?- Do you have a Facebook profile? Go to your profile and clickView as... to see what the public can view about you.- Use the resources at work.talkaboutlocal.org to help youmarket yourself effectively online, build useful networks andprotect yourself from employers inappropriate onlinesearching for your information.
  • 14. F u rthe r s u p p o rt:http://networkingforwork.org.ukEmail: hello@talkaboutlocal.orgTel. 0121 288 2910