Networking for Work: the benefits of an online profile
Networking for Work: http://networkingforwork.org.uk
The benefits ofan online profileWhy create any sort of online profile for yourself?- Tell people what YOU want to be known about you.- To socialise, stay in touch with friends and family.- To build a useful online network of contacts.- To become more widely known for what you can do. “Hes agreat baker...”
Shout about yourself – people cant know about you until you tell them!Market yourself. The more people who know about your skills and knowthat you want to work, the more likely you are to get a job. [Photo by Claumoho]
Show yourself in the best lightYour online profiles are spaces you control – use them to tell people what youwant to be known for.
Socialise with as many people as possible, tell people what you are up to andincrease potential for opportunities. Because its nice to keep in touch, manyheads are often better than one and you never know who might know what!
Talk about yourself online in an appropriateway: you are showing off your web skills and Volunteering Nuneaton anddemonstrating that you can use the internet B31 Voices on Facebook.well.
You can also demonstrate a particular trade/skill you Newcastle Bookbindersare focusing on – also shows you can write.
You can use a Facebook page or BAKE – Facebook page for two cakegroup to demonstrate your skills bakers trading from home. Birmingham Hula Hoopers group createdamongst your personal networks. by freelance fitness instructor.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 networkingforwork.org.uk to help youmarket yourself effectively online, build useful networks andprotect yourself from employers inappropriate onlinesearching for your information.
Further support:http://networkingforwork.org.ukEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel. 0121 288 2910
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