In this generation it’s imperative to be online, especially professionally. It opens up opportunities and experiences that can’t be replicated, for example networking internationally at extreme ease. In addition, in the current times as the shift turns from just recruiting to developing and initiating relationships (Anon,2014) if you aren’t online these relationships really are limited.
Relating back to Topic 2 I feel when it comes to a professional identity it should solely be a singular identity. Albeit, there may be different facets of your professional identity I feel all should be shared and employers be the judge of what is relevant for the position.
The following slides highlight my opinion on the concept of what makes an identity authentic
When it comes to strategies which can be used, the infographic below highlights some online tools and how they can be used professionally.
To develop further “94% of all recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates” as Nic Nyman highlighted in his blog. This is most notably the most popular online tool for professionals. However, as with all identities the right amount of information that is shared is crucial as highlighted in the video below.
Furthermore, a blog is also a useful way to develop your professional identity, as the blog here explains- it can even lead to job opportunities.
In conclusion, a professional profile is vital in this day and age and whilst it make be attractive to self enhance for the desire for positive self-presentation (Guillory, J. and Hancock, J. (2012)). I feel when it comes to a professional you will always be found out and therefore it would not be advantageous in the long run. And finally, when creating your profile through online tools such as those mentioned above as well as though other mediums such as online portfolios I would say it is always critical to ensure you are honest, consistent and credible in order to appear authentic.
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