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How Your Online Presence Can Boost or Lower Your Job Chances

Firstly, I want to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope 2013 will be a successful year for you and your family.

One of the most important aspects of our lives is our online presence. What you do, or do not do, online has a major impact on your chances to get the job you want. Even if you are qualified and look great on paper, what is available online may tell another story, or it may give you a far better chance of being accepted. If you want to take advantage of what a good online persona can offer, you need to know what to do as well as the steps you should take to ensure the results you want. If you put the time and effort into doing this, you can find yourself in the job you love and continually viewed as someone who brings more to the company on a regular basis.

Understanding the possibilities of a great online presence is a big thing. When you use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites intelligently and contribute something to the community at large, you can see your chance of jobs and promotions go up. Employers want to know that the people they hire are working to better themselves and give their company a good name, regardless of the position. This is what either brings in or sends away potential customers. When a person is attracted to a business and the employees present themselves professionally, people are more likely to choose them, which ultimately help the company.

Without an online persona, either entirely or one that is good, you cannot experience the types of benefits possible. More than likely, you will see less interest overall and more problems in the workplace. Any person who uses this account solely for social purposes and acts highly unprofessional might not get the interviews or jobs they want. Some people who have acted in this manner have also lost their current job. If you think you can avoid these troubles by not having an account at all, you are mistaken. Many employers might see that as a problem or red flag, causing them to go elsewhere for their employee.

To avoid the dangers and make the best out of your account, make sure it is professional and mature. This is something people are going to be looking through and viewing, making it very important that present and/or future employers like what they see. If you are filling your pages with inappropriate behavior and language that would not be wanted in the workplace, you may not be viewed as a possible candidate or permanent employee.

When you have everything looking decent, try to bring in readers and followers. By posting links to blogs, articles, and various web pages related to your area of work, you can start bringing in an audience that will want to hear what you have to say. This gives your employer a boost, as well, whenever you mention them, something that many want.

Putting the time and effort into not only creating a professional, clean online persona, but also maintaining it can help you reach your dream career. This gives you the ability to reach people and look like someone who will be a productive, rewarding member of the company.

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