To be at the right place at the right time, with a smile, articulate message and strong hand strake used to be enough to network effectively to land an opportunity. Today, with social media and the Internet a professional virtual presence is a must along with these critical interpersonal skills.
It’s not just who you know,
it’s who knows you.
The Internet and Social Media
Your virtual presence is the only window employers have into your life. Make it count. Keep it positive. It tells them how you will represent them if employed.
Using Linked In
- Manage your privacy settings on social media sites such as Facebook
- Do not post unprofessional photos or controversial comments
- Be careful not to participate in negative and derogatory blog discussions
- Once it is “out there” content is difficult to remove
Social Media Sites:
Like the College Facebook Page
Like the College Twitter Page
Linked In is the most widely used professional network on the Internet. Create your profile with a professional photo, headline including your area of study or career ambitions, and experiences that reflect character and leadership. Use key-words so that employers can find you.