Many HR writers and articles are now asserting that your social media profile is your new resume.
It can also be a major boost in your career progression and greatly contribute to how you are commercially and/or professionally perceived.
So what are the positives?
You can demonstrate your technical and commercial competence, skills and knowledge.
You can become a recognised and respected expert in your field for both your social group and the wider community.
What must you have or do?
You must have a squeaky clean Facebook account
Keep a clean Facebook profile, by removing the not so savoury activities you may have been involved in. Also make sure the settings are appropriate and remove the mad moments that may have been photographed.
Set up a LinkedIn profile and keep it updated
This is purely a career or business networking website. Most LinkedIn users are there to connect with other professionals and/or re-connect with former colleagues.
Take advantage of Twitter
Twitter is the best way to promote yourself to a large audience and your tweets should point to your other social media accounts. Follow professionals in your field.
Create a personal website or blog
Use a perusal website as a resume and a blog if you are willing to write an occasional article on your area of expertise. Use Blogger as you are best sticking with Google
Have a 'Professional' avatar or Picture
Keep away from the silly hats, pictures with your kids or pets and don't use a cartoon. While I'm at it open a gmail account using your own name or a close as you can get to it. "spunkyjohn@htomail just won't cut it.. unless you're a porn star.
Join Google Plus
Google, because of its circles can give you a constant stream of industry or professional updates. It is the serious social media business platform.
Link it all together
All social media sites need to be cross linked.
And this is just a beginning.