Managing your online identity

If you google Cathy Woods you will find many references to the exonerated Nevada murderess who erroneously served 35 years in gaol. Google is swamped with people with your name who lead interesting lives. You do need to know what comes up under your name if you are running online accounts. Does it worry me? No. I could probably pay to get my profile up there on Google. Do I need to? No. People can find me if they want to because I manage my online identity so that those I want to find me can. If you google sally07 then my Twitter account will come up and it’s the reason I can’t change my Twitter handle. I have the account in my name but the handle is my old one from the days where we didn’t use our real names. The world changed and I blogged about my decision to be myself online. That Twitter handle has to stay, though.  It carries with it a lot of online positives. I don’t link my Facebook account to anything. Facebook is my online home, I suppose. I check the settings regularly because Facebook makes changes and then doesn’t let you know necessarily . It also broadcasts when you are online, what comments you make, makes you available on Messenger and tells everyone what you like. Stalkers paradise right now. I have turned the sidebar off and I log out now so that I maintain my privacy and the privacy of others. I have changed settings so friends of friends cannot see things. You really need to check your settings on online sites and you really need to be aware of how this may or may not be affecting you. My online identity is not the whole of me but it is a genuine facet of me.

Danielle Di-Masi’s video is a good way to start thinking about your online identity and the UNSW article about her follows that up. Forbes also has a good article about managing your online identity and then a link to some tips for improving what you do.

Visual résumés

graphic resume

 

Image: howdesign

I first blogged about visual résumés in 2010 with a Powerpoint example which had become very popular at the time. In six years the global interactions have become closer. People can work live and study anywhere. Video calling is mainstream and students are very used to the visual media of Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. It is really important that in a visual, connected world where your future might be anywhere on the planet that you can present yourself visually. The video gives you an idea of how that could be done. There are more conservative visual résumés on YouTube and Microsoft India has put out quite a funny one which makes a good point. Visual résumés are a very quick way of letting people know who we are , where we come from and why we are of value to them.

There are graphic design résumés too which are not only very striking, they can present information in a way which has a positive impact and can be absorbed more easily than plain text. A graphic résumé can help someone orientate themselves to you , your life and your value. You can add maps, languages, IT skills, other skills, awards , interests and experience in a more meaningful way which does justice to you and your capabilities.

Students need practice in creating visual résumés so they can play around with the ideas and approaches and then work out , by gaining thoughtful and considered feedback, how to best represent themselves to the world. One of the things they tend to do is underrate the skills they have and are not aware of how they can document those skills . Visual résumés make it possible for them to annotate their attributes on familiar ground. This Pinterest site by Elaine Edmonds has a wide variety of examples of graphic CVs to look at and to get ideas. You might also find my post Creating a digital profile helpful.

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