No, You Can't be an Astronaut by Dr. Patience Fairweather

No, You Can't be an Astronaut by Dr. Patience Fairweather

Author:Dr. Patience Fairweather
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: designing your life, how to get a good job fast, graduation gifts for him, how to get a good job, what color is your parachute 2020, how to get a good job with bad credit, graduation gift
Publisher: Plausible Press
Published: 2019-09-01T16:00:00+00:00

For more, see PwC’s worksheet at https://www.pwc.com/c1/en/assets/downloads/personal_brand_workbook.pdf

Your online presence

Your future employers (as well as employees, coworkers, romantic prospects, and acquaintances) will search for you online. Because you paid attention to the previous chapter, your social media profile is blameless and squeaky-clean. Good job!

But just to be on the safe side, set up a Google alert on your name. That way, you’ll see when something gets posted about you. If you have a very common name, you might want to skip this to avoid getting inundated with irrelevant email alerts.

Go to Google Alerts at google.com/alerts. At the top of the page is a box with a magnifying glass icon. Enter your name and select the “Create Alert” button that appears. Then select how often you want to get alerts (once a week is probably enough) and other options. Once you set this up, you’ll get an email when your name is mentioned online.

Your email address

Set up a separate, professional-sounding email address for the sole purpose of career activities. Do not use it for social, leisure, or family communication. You will use this professional email address to sign up for LinkedIn and other job-related services and to communicate with employers and recruiters.

A Gmail address is generally considered to be more work-appropriate than Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail, which are best used for personal communication. Before you sign up, set up a free Gmail account that is exclusively for job-related things. Using the name Patience Fairweather as an example, the format patience.fairweather [at] gmail.com or p.fairweather [at] gmail.com will work.

Mail.com offers free email accounts with a selection of domains. If one of the available domains suits your career aspirations, you may want to get an address like [email protected] or [email protected]

If you want your email address customized, as in [email protected], you’ll need a custom domain. For this you will need to purchase a domain name at a site like namecheap.com and follow the instructions there to set up your email account.

Fun social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.

If you have social media accounts, make sure to keep your personal and professional separate, and to have strong privacy settings on your personal accounts. Facebook knows a lot about you, including things you never meant to tell it [100]. Detailed instructions for adjusting Facebook privacy settings are at facebook.com/help/325807937506242.

If you leave town for an interview or any other reason, don’t post anything about travel plans until after you return from your trip. You don’t want to lay out the welcome mat for burglars, and you don’t want potential employers to think you’re naïve about security.

Serious social media: LinkedIn

If you’re looking for a job, you need a LinkedIn profile. It may be the first thing that comes up when someone searches for you online, so it has to look good. A strong profile can help you build your resume, keep connected with your alumni network, and maintain an online presence that will enhance your job search.

If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, it’s straightforward to set one up.


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