As a newcomer in some aspects of social media myself (I just recently got a twitter account less than a year ago) some places of the internet have still been left unexplored by me.
One of those is a LinkedIn profile. I have never taken the time to do so because I did not know if my educational or work background was profound enough to start one. However, after stumbling upon this article I am glad I have never started it yet!
It seems as though many people entering the online realm of professional profile making may have been daunted, confused, or bored by the entire process and left it unfinished. With that being said your online reputation is already being judged by future employers from your “unfishined business.”
Stephanie Sammons, the author, explains that doing a Google search of your name probably results in your personal sites first such as your Facebook or Twitter site. This can hinder you if you have not yet started and completed a professional profile such as LinkedIn.
As the author says “If you don’t define your online reputation, it will define you.”
So what I learned from reading this piece it is that it’s important to sit down and put some time aside to really revamp your online image especially right before going out to search for a future career. Knowing myself personally, I know I have not completed my educational journey yet, so that part would be left unfinished. When the time came around for me to graduate and to go out to get a job, would I have remembered to polish up my LinkedIn profile or would it have gone forgotten?
Another great quote from this article I enjoyed was: “Your online reputation precedes your offline reputation in the digital age.”
With that being said an unfinished profile might result in a potential employer thinking you are insufficient in starting and finishing projects. As time goes on technology will be more and more included in the hiring process and it’s important to cover all your bases and know how to present yourself professionally online.
To make sure you are taking the right steps to creating an effective online profile, you can check out another post I made featuring a checklist of important things to include in your LinkedIn page.