Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Do's and Don'ts of increasing your credibility & professionalism

Be respectful and courteous towards others
Stay positive and upbeat
Choose a professional image for your social networking sites
If the social site requires a biography make sure your info is appropriate. Write something that that would impress an employer
Post content to your social networking site that pertains to your professional interest
Keep a polite tone to your social sites
Speak professionally

Have a negative attitude
Unprofessional body language (i.e. yawning without covering your mouth, chewing gum)
Excessive fragrance
Come into work late
Post pictures of the frat party you went to last night to your social sites
Complain about your job on your social sites

Social networking can be a positive experence if you follow the do’s listed above. It can be a negative experence and ruin your chances of landing the job you want if your social sites are unprofessional. Social networking sites have some very strict privacy settings and you can either let the world see your profile or let no one see. You are in control. If you want to use your social networking site as a way to connect to other professionals than you can keep it public and post your professional images. However, if you want to keep it for your social life only than make sure all your settings are set so only your friends can see your profile.

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