I can't compete with high profile senators, but if you search for 'Kerry Graham designer' – I'm all over it. And that is not by accident... in the last eight months I have spent time developing my online presence. When I started this process, I was nowhere to be found, except on Facebook. It's important to take a proactive approach to getting your name out there in the way you want it to appear. Maybe it's time for you to take control of your internet presence. Here are a few do's and dont's to help you optimize your online reputation.
- Join LinkedIn and complete a thoughtful profile of your professional life.
- Visit profiles.google.com and create a profile that displays the information you want the public to know about you.
- Consider getting your own domain name and website to build your personal brand.
- Update your profile(s) and/or website on a regular basis.
- Be careful about what you write in blog posts, website comments, Twitter, etc.
- Don't post anything you wouldn't want your friends, neighbors, family, or prospective employers to see or read.
- Don't share confidential information about yourself or other people.
- Don’t miss out by having no online presence at all.
It will take a bit of time and diligence, but a few simple steps such as these can make sure your online reputation is an asset, not a liability.
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