Your Online Privacy Settings: What You Need to Know

Your Online Privacy Settings: What You Need to Know

As a senior level professional it windsor canada pharmacy is essential that you manage your professional brand effectively. This includes utilising the most suitable professional social networks available to you, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, taking advantage of online networking capabilities, engaging in industry discussions and keeping up-to-date with industry news. You also need to ensure that you know exactly how you appear online: what could I find out about you if I were to do a Google search of your name (along with your position, company and / or industry)? Monitoring your professional brand is the most important thing nowadays when it comes to your online activity. Not only do you need to do this to ensure that any negative or potentially damaging content is controlled, but also that anything positive is highlighted. A picture of you on holiday posted to your Facebook page and made ‘public’ is absolutely fine, but a similar picture of you holding an alcoholic drink is not good, especially if you

need others to view you as a top level executive who’s main focus is their profession. Highlighting positive things about you and drawing attention to discussions or articles that you have written or been involved in writing would be a very sensible move. Ensuring that as many of your colleagues and connections see these types of activity is essential in the race for a high Google Author Rank and a positive professional brand. By sharing this content on your chosen social networks, you will be increasing your chances of like-minded industry professionals whom you know and work with reading and engaging with it. By doing so these people will be boosting your author rank and demonstrating that you are a thought leader and someone who should be trusted and listened to on certain topics within your industry. Ways in which your privacy settings can affect your professional brand and how to change them By doing a simple search of your name along with your position, company or industry will present you with the kind of results that anyone else will see when searching for you. The majority of recruiters and headhunters will perform such a search (often using more advanced searches or search query strings) when going through your application for a job, and then the company who is hiring for the position may also perform their own search of you to ensure that you really are suited for the job. It is this stage that is the most important because here you can either come across as a senior-level executive with years of experience, with a large professional network and lots of information to demonstrate that you are the thought-leading individual that your CV claims you to be, or you can appear to be a bit of a technophobe who likes to socialise a bit ‘too’ much and has no interest in their profession after office hours. Every social network has a different set of features and the majority of people use them for different purposes. Facebook is more of a personal social network aimed at connecting friends and family together and allowing the more fun things of the world to be shared and viewed (such as your holiday snaps). So, if you use Facebook you want to ensure anything personal is hidden from public view. This is easily done via the privacy settings and instructions on this can be found here. Twitter is much more suited to professionals, allowing users to follow and engage with other users much more freely. Whilst you can set your account to private, allowing only those that you allow to view your Tweets (with a reported 11.8% of users setting their accounts to private, according to The Huffington Post), the majority of users profiles are not locked, meaning that you can read all of their Tweets and ReTweets. People use Twitter for both personal and professional reasons and over recent years more and more professionals, world leaders, countries and companies have adopted Twitter into their daily lives, networking and marketing strategies. By using Twitter viagra and premature ejaculation on a professional basis you can connect with individuals from all around the world, reading what they share, sending out your own messages and you have a much better chance of reaching someone that you don’t know without any need for an introduction – whilst you might ask for an introduction to someone on email or LinkedIn, Twitter allows for much more of a casual ‘open’ approach. Finally, the king of the professional social networks, LinkedIn. Offering a digital CV (in the form of a main profile page), groups, discussions, status updates (similar to that of Twitter’s), advanced searches, company pages, jobs boards, and much more, LinkedIn is well-deserved of its crown. Think of LinkedIn as the answer to your physical CV, which also allows you to bring all of your connections, both new and old, together in one place and replacing the not-so-new and rather outdated email system. Whereas before you had contacts list and a separate email system, now you can combine the two. LinkedIn is designed to put all of your contacts in one place and provide you with a simple to use messaging system in which to contact them. By regularly updating your own profile, and your connections updating theirs, you can see up-to-date information on these connections, know what they’re up to and where in the world they are, who their connections are and share relevant news and hot topics via the update stream. I strongly advise any professional who has not yet taken advantage of LinkedIn to do so right away, and if you are on LinkedIn but don’t regularly update it – i.e. every week or other week – then you should start today! Conclusion The first step is do a search of your name online and see what results you get. Are you happy with these results: do they present you in the way that you want to be seen? Is there anything that you really don’t want to be seen? If so, you can change that. OK, whilst you can make your Facebook profile private, and you can remove any unwanted Tweets, you won’t be able to remove an article by a third-party which puts buy cialis online you in a bad light, but you can work to hide this from the first few pages of Google. By engaging with social networks in a professional fashion, creating a positive professional brand for yourself and boosting your author rank you can highlight the most relevant and recent activity. By simply being active and engaged online you can do so much to showcase yourself as the senior level executive that you really are. You also don’t need to be on buy viagra online every social network out there. Choose the ones that work best for you and use them well. We would recommend using LinkedIn regardless of what industry you are in, and we would say that Facebook should be private (just to be safe). Once LinkedIn is setup and optimised, and Facebook is set to private, we would suggest moving onto Twitter. It really is an incredible networking tool, especially if you find yourself wanting to reach out to industry professionals that you aren’t acquainted with and if you’re a frequent traveller Twitter could be just the right tool for you.

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Jamie McDermott

Involved in Business Development and Technologies at Career Intelligence. Based in the Fleet Street, London office since the start of 2014.

One Comment

  1. Bhabatosh Nath
    July 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I like to be connected and updated always.