Topic Three – reflections

This topic again brought many interesting topics up for discussion, with no clear answer given as to how to truly make an authentic online profile. Some questioned the possibility of a profile that is both authentic and professional, suggesting that it is more easily done simultaneously using different social media websites, and leading me to infer that it would be easiest to maintain these seperate profiles by preventing a connection between the two in order to prevent the authentic side from mixing with the more “personal” side. Managing these mutliple identities may become a problem if an employer was to view an authentic “personal” profile and discover content that isn’t deemed professional.

An overarching conclusion was the importance of the website LinkedIn when creating a professional profile, with various statistics from sources differing to mine reiterating it’s frequent use by recruiters. This is not to undermine the others, and I believe that the linking of multiple appropriate profiles professional natures is the strongest way to create a professional profile, as depicted in graphic 1 below.


Graphic 1

Another common finding was the use of blogging in not only demonstrating ethical skills that can be deemed useful by employers but by demonstrating their online affinity, which could be suggested to be increasingly important for companies in the internet age. It can also demonstrate a professional identity if blogging about the industry an employee might work in, with the credibility of the profile increasing with a greater number of posts over a greater time period.

The merging of the offline and online worlds can be clearly seen in the story of the developer at a conference, where a social media storm led to a firing. To me this clearly highlights the similarities and collaborations between the two worlds, and how one must increasingly censor content in both domains.


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