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Presentation for Solent's Careers and Enmployability team - inspired by Sue Beckingham's presentation given at FOTiE 2011

Presentation for Solent's Careers and Enmployability team - inspired by Sue Beckingham's presentation given at FOTiE 2011

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    • Improving Employability through Social Media Creating a Professional Online Identity (presentation for Solent’s Careers and Employability team) Inspired by Sue Beckingham
    • Why use Social Media?
      • Social media is an umbrella term for tools that support communication in an online community
      • If you ‘Googled’ your name what would come up first?
      • What would you want potential employers to see?
      • Social media can be used to give you a voice and create a ‘brand’ (@suebecks)
    • Google yourself:
      • Create a simple Google+ account:
      This will appear at the TOP of any Google search What would come up if you ‘Googled’ your name?
    • Get blogging!
      • Wordpress/Blogger/Tumblr
      • Free platforms
      • Use it to write about an area you’re interested in
      • People with a similar interest will respond with comments or further questions
    • Get tweeting!
      • Place to share your blog posts, videos, photos and ‘retweet’ other people’s interesting tweets
      • Place to develop your PLN – your Personal Learning Network
      • You must decide whether it’s an ‘all-round’ twitter account or just for a specialist interest
      • Hash tags can be useful!
      • Specific job seekers sites available too!
      http://edudemic.com/2010/06/the-ultimate-twitter-guidebook/
    • Get LinkedIn!
      • Business focussed social network
      • Up-to-date CV
      • Collect references and recommendations
    • Share your work
      • YouTube/Vimeo Video/Animation/Music
    • Share your work
      • YouTube/Vimeo Video/Animation/Music
      • Flickr Photos/drawings
    • Share your work
      • YouTube/Vimeo Video/Animation/Music
      • Flickr Photos/drawings
      • Slideshare Presentations
    • Share your work
      • YouTube/Vimeo Video/Animation/Music
      • Flickr Photos/drawings
      • Slideshare Presentations
      • MyPortfolio (Mahara) Work experience and examples
    • Create a universal ‘about me’ page:
    • Facebook can be used too…
    • Use facebook (but ‘lock down’ your profile!)
      • Some unis will have pages to push out jobs and advertise workshops (can be linked to Twitter too!)
    • Use facebook (but ‘lock down’ your profile!)
      • Some employers will have pages to advertise their own jobs!
    • Use facebook (but ‘lock down’ your profile!)
      • Great start – but what’s happened to it?
      • No activity since May 2010!
    • Considerations:
      • Identity theft
      • Personal opinions
      • Spelling/grammar
      • Defamation
      • Colourful language
      • Content ownership
      • Takes time to build up your PLN
    • Find me:
      • Email: [email_address]
      • Homepage: http://about.me/samwise
      • Twitter: @samwisemoss
      Yes I am mad!