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First impressions used to happen as people met face to face. But in today’s world, people meet others way before that step.

Meeting people and getting to know them used to require both parties to be present. With all this “newfangled” technology, this is certainly not the case anymore. These days, first impressions tend to start with either a Google or Facebook search and a little stalking.

It is important to monitor what any outside person will find when they search you. Here are some tips I have found helpful to keep in mind:

  • Does someone else have your name? Be sure that when people search you, they are finding information about you and not the other 8 billion John Smiths that exist. Do something to stand out. Include your middle initial in your Twitter handle or LinkedIn profile. Use SEO to bump yourself up to the top of a search. Mashable can show you how
  • Clean up your social media. No drinking. No drugs. Easy on the language. Make sure you are always looking over what your friends post and attach your name to. Don’t be afraid to un-tag, delete posts and even de-friend if need be. Don’t let someone else taint your pages.
  • Make sure you are consistent. If you look like a raging lunatic on Twitter but your LinkedIn shows how you run your own business while your Facebook has you saving orphans in Cambodia, outside viewers might be skeptical. Play to your strengths while still being honest.
  • Keep track of where your name is. Set up a search on your Google Reader that shows when new web content contains your name. This will help to stay aware of how people might find you. If you have a common name, this is a good idea to make sure your long lost twin isn’t shaming your name.
  • Ask a friend to take a look. Sometimes we become desensitized to what shows up online. Have people of different ages tell you the first things they notice. Not sure if a photo is appropriate? Wondering if your LinkedIn profile shows off your best talents? An outside perspective always helps.

Another great way to check out how awesome you are online on Klout. By connecting your various profiles, they give you a score based on how influential you are with whatever content you post and how your connections respond to it. I’m still learning how to use it but my competitive nature has me doing all I can to bump up my score.

Klout

What tips do you have to make a great impression online? Let me know in the comments below.

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It is officially spring break. Unfortunately, now is the time to accelerate the job search. No breaking here (aside from the fact that I will not be getting out of my pajamas unless absolutely necessary).

With a solid amount of open time, I am taking this opportunity to reach out to anyone and everyone that might help me. Not help in the sense of, “Poor me, find me a job” but more of the “I am really excited because I have a blank canvass and I get to decide how I’d like to proceed.”

The more I search for jobs, the more I realize I don’t have an ideal career in mind. There is no holy grail of positions, but rather many starting points that could lead me down multiple avenues. LinkedIn has helped me find what exists out there. Seriously, what did people do before LinkedIn?

Job Suggestions LinkedIn

Being so new, how am I supposed to know what I want? How am I supposed to know what even exists? Therefore, I am spending this spring break asking questions. The best advice I have to repeat to myself- “I am not the first person to have to do this job search.”

I am turning to the experts. People who have jobs right now all went through a time of not having one. I am filling my week with informational interviews to pick the brains of all those that came before me.

I have an open mind and a hopeful attitude. I have nothing to lose, only answers to gain. The following are my list of questions that will guide my brain picking process.

  • What is your specific title and what do your day-to-day tasks entail?
  • What is your favorite part of your job? Least favorite?
  • How did you land in this position?
  • How did you know this was what you wanted to do?
  • What are the people like here? Do you like the culture of your work environment?
  • Where did you look for jobs when you first graduated?
  • What advice do you have for me as an (almost) recent graduate looking to get into this industry?
  • Is there anyone else here at your company that you recommend I speak with?

This is one of those, “you can’t pay it back, you can only pay it forward” kind of situations. I am grateful to anyone who meets with me or even responds to my email, of course. But one day (fingers crossed) I will have a job. Someone will come to me for an informational interview and I will be ecstatic to return the favor.

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It is official. I am old. The identifying factor? My favorite social media site is LinkedIn and their blog never fails to deliver- they recently posted a video doing the Harlem Shake. A seriously cool company, if you ask me.

The fact that I am a graduating senior in the job market makes any invitation or notification exciting. It is like finding out your 8 a.m. class was cancelled or getting that pesky popcorn kernel out of your teeth; a little thing that brings big relief.

As I have been searching for potential jobs and networking with anyone and everyone, LinkedIn has helped a ton with respect to staying in touch with people in a professional way without being a total creep.

LinkedIn helps me network.

Every time I meet someone new, I connect. I am connected to friends, their parents, professors, and anyone else I have met in a professional contest. I always look forward to snagging business cards at job fairs; it just means more LinkedIn connections.

LinkedIn is an easy way to keep an online resume.

I have a running list of all my work experience in one place. It does not all fit on a one page resume but it is good to keep track of everything. It logs my experience as far back as my camp counselor days. I can also show any special skills or additional information that I want my professional connections to know.

LinkedIn knows me.

The items that come up on my home feed suggest potential connections, ads I may be interested in, groups I may like, jobs in my industry of interest, recent posts from my connections and, my personal favorite, my numbers.

LinkedIn

The numbers help gauge if your profile is being used. More activity, interactions and posting all yield higher numbers.

It may not be as fun as Facebook or as trendy as Twitter; it is certainly not nearly as visual as Pinterest or Instagram. In terms of utility, this is the social networking site that will do more for me with respect to my future. (It will also do more than help me procrastinate- I truly believe this is why Pinterest exists).

Connect with me! I am always looking to network. And if we’re being honest- I’m only five away from hitting the 300 mark. What is your favorite aspect of LinkedIn? Any tips or suggestions?

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