At LNE Consulting we understand the importance of maintaining an online presence that is both professional and informative. The simplest search engine can unearth comments, likes and pictures that you may not have considered appropriate for a potential employer or colleague.
It is very likely that most companies that consider you for a position will do some basic online searches to see how you carry yourself online, so check out these tips for keeping your online profiles professional.
- Be sure to have school and work sections filled out. This way it will match what is on your resume and there won’t be any confusion about where you earned your degree and what you’ve been doing since.
- Update your profile picture, particularly since this often is visible despite your privacy settings. Ask yourself: “If a potential employer or client saw this one picture of me, would they find me trustworthy and professional?”
- Go through your pictures and be sure that anything you’ve been tagged in since you joined Facebook circa 2005 are pictures that you want someone else, someone who’s never met you to see.
- Watch the comments. Avoid curse words or negative comments in general or on pictures. Depending on your privacy settings, it can be very easy for a boss or potential boss to see you complaining about work, or even about them. If we’ve learned anything from social media it’s that not very much is private.
From all of us at LNE Consulting we hope these tips are informative and useful in keeping your online presence both presentable and professional.