Networking isn’t always about meeting others in person. These days, networking can also be a very successful endeavor online. That being said, you need to be the protector of your online content and make sure any information about you online will give you the best chance of success and not work against your career pursuits.
Some larger networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. If you currently have accounts on any or all of these sites, it is important to look at what employers can see, and if this content is going to help, or hinder your career options. One way to think about social networking sites is how you act at your job or University, versus when you are at home in your living room.
Just like you would act in a public place around perspective employers, your profile(s) should promote your skills, best character traits, and overall a high degree of professionalism. Anything that may be a hindrance should be hidden, or better yet, not online at all. Things you might say or do in the privacy of your own home, that might be misconstrued or taken out of context, should not be out in the world for public consumption.
An infographic put together by Gumtree easily navigates those new to online networking through the process. Titled ‘Using Social Media to Improve your Job Search, this guide is a beginner road map for online social networking. This takes away a lot of the uncertainty and guesswork one might have about getting started on online. Remember who your audience might be online, and use social media as an advantage in your job search.