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A Reflection on developing an authentic professional profile(#MANG2049)

self-reflectionImage reference : (Hay, A, 2014)

Before I got to work on this given topic, I perceived having an authentic professional profile as a necessity as recruiters are now going digital in a big way to hire, to save cost while maximising exposure. It did not occur to me that one can have an online presence in different sites, showcasing the different aspects of his attributes, and still be counted as authentic. Neither did I know that authenticity is now a factor used by many, to judge an online character. This was highlighted by Brenden, where he shared that a study has revealed that for the technology industry, 1 out of 5 interviewees had been been rejected because of their social media profile

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Media Reference: (Giphy, no date)

Upon reading my classmates blogposts, I have learnt that I need to exercise caution on what I post online even if I were to exist as different personalities on different sites or blogs as tracking is now possible. When authenticity of profile is a question mark to the tracker, the consequences can be damaging. On the other hand, to me, it is fair assessment when the selection process does not stop at assessing  one’s credentials posted online when followed through by  a background check

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Cartoon reference: (Access Profiles,no date)

In 2012 , “92% of recruiters mentioned that they have inculcated social networking as part of their strategy.” (Soundberg,2012).

The importance of having a social media site also hit me. With the shift and greater reliance on social networking sites as a search engine for recruitment, employers are now increasing their visibility online.  Similarly, this means that  the avenues to attract the attention of the potential employers are also online.

In conclusion, social media, on the surface, might appear to be a fun platform . Even frivolous at times.  But it has a serious side. It can lead to one’s downfall if  he does not manage his online conduct appropriately.

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Graphic Illustration Reference: (Masters, no date)

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Access Profiles (no date) [Illustration]. Available at: http://www.accessprofilesblog.com/2013/07/the-truth-behind-ban-box.html (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Giphy (no date) Available at: http://giphy.com/gifs/hulu-spaced-digital-rights-group-l2SpUoAPo0CBOkyxq (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

admin (2014) How blogging can help you get a job. Available at: http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/28/blogging-can-help-get-job/ (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

Chappell, M. (2016) Publishing on LinkedIn for College Students and Young Professionals. Available at: https://www.lynda.com/LinkedIn-tutorials/Publishing-LinkedIn-College-Students-Young-Professionals/505166-2.html (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

Hay, A. (2014) Create the Business and Lifestyle of your Dreams™ Available at: http://www.ameliahay.co.uk/2014/01/08/self-reflection/ (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Lim, B. (2016) ‘Topic 3: Building a Professional Digital Profile’, Made Simple, November. Available at: https://brendenlim.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/topic-3-building-a-professional-digital-profile/ (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Sundberg, J. (2012) How many companies use social media to recruit? Available at: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/infographic-92-companies-recruit-social-media/ (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

Tan, J. (2016) ‘Topic 3: Want to be the Best among the Rest Online? READ THIS!’, 9 November. Available at: https://jefsunbear.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/topic-3-want-to-be-the-best-among-the-rest-online-read-this/ (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

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Topic 3: The Digital Era…. (#MANG2049)

To look at ways whereby we can develop an authentic online professional profile, let us first find out WHY do we want to develop such a profile

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Photo reference: (Sundberg, 2012)

Presence on Business Networking Platforms

Given the importance of social media sites to market oneself, for any job seeker, it becomes inevitable to develop an authentic online identity, at least on one, if not a few  professional social media sites.

Photo Reference: Email sent by LinkedIn to me
Photo Reference: Email sent by LinkedIn to me

To develop an authentic professional profile online, the background, qualification, skill set, attributes and even expectations of a candidate must be clear, concise and easily understood. Authenticity is important as it would stand the test of background check. An online profile is “really about doing what you do best in the right places.” (BBC,2013)

While having a presence in professional social media sites would increase the visibility of a candidate, to stand out among a pool of candidates,  another channel to present oneself would be through blogging.

Blogging

 

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“Blogging” is sharing about your feedback on current affairs that can be presented critically. (admin, 2014).  “Companies are looking for candidates who can demonstrate critical thinking and solve problems in creative ways.” (Chappell,2016)

From my experience as a photographer, it was only when I posted some of my photos on my blog, with taglines that are also catchy, like “3 Friends Watching The World Go By” that I was spotted . It eventually open the way for me to be featured on ViewBug Galleries, “the World’s most rewarding photo community” and earned special recognition .

This is the power of having an authentic blog, where I can update my works real time, showcase my skill, reaching out to many talent scouters out there

IMG_3963.JPGPhoto reference: My photographic Facebook page.

Details of how this photo was crafted can be found here.

45% of LinkedIn’s readers are managers (Chappell, 2016).

Based on this revelation, these decision makers could be recruiters. Having a well thought through blog would again increase our chances of being picked up from a pool of competitors.

Blogging with an out of the box thinking can shape one’s professional identity , through  “Storytelling”

Storytelling

The video below demonstrates the Power of Storytelling.

Video Reference: (James Wedmore, 2013)

In conclusion, there are many online channels where we can build our identity. Channels where we can showcase our qualifications and training, our strengths, our thoughts and approach to life’s issues. We should not be afraid to hold different views, or to think out of the box, as this would be our true value. Only then, we can stand out in a crowd and be noticed.

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Jobvite (2014) Social recruiting survey. Available at: https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Jobvite_SocialRecruiting_Survey2014.pdf (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

admin (2014) How blogging can help you get a job. Available at: http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/28/blogging-can-help-get-job/ (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

BBC (2013) Job hunting: How to promote yourself online. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25217962 (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

Chappell, M. (2016) Publishing on LinkedIn for College Students and Young Professionals. Available at: https://www.lynda.com/LinkedIn-tutorials/Publishing-LinkedIn-College-Students-Young-Professionals/505166-2.html (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

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Hanigan, M. (2015) How LinkedIn fundamentally ruined recruitment. Available at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242554 (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

James Wedmore (2013) Storytelling (the power of telling stories). Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjllqUHQdNQ (Accessed: 9 November 2016).

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Taylor, N.F. (2016) Hiring in the Digital Age: What’s Next for Recruiting? – See more at: http://www.Businessnewsdaily.Com/6975-future-of-recruiting.Html#sthash.5QCwqu6e.Dpuf. Available at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6975-future-of-recruiting.html (Accessed: 9 November 2016).