Who are you? What does your executive profile say about you? Do you have an executive profile? If you do not ask these questions and define yourself, the Internet will do it for you. Every person I interview is subject to this algorithmic executive profile powered by Google.
Everything we do today is catalogued, profiled and permanently imprinted on the web. As young professionals we are especially exposed. We spent our adolescent years posting thoughts, photos, feelings and more with little concern about the long term effect. Now we work in new jobs, interviewing for promotions, and want to define ourselves as industry experts.
Although the internet makes it difficult to erase the past, it makes it just as easy to define the future. Young professionals can write, post, share and chat all from the palm of their hand. Know your Klout score, use your LinkedIn profile, Tweet, share, learn, blog, Google yourself and work on controlling those results. Use the skills you learned by talking to your friends to define your future.
Take my advice and use it wisely. Make sure your content is grammatically correct, use spell check and try to offer something that provides value to your network.