Life in Publishing

Tip #2: ALWAYS Keep It Professional Online

Unless your goal is to become an online personality or stand-up comic, keep everything on your social media accounts professional or private. Treat your online presence the same way you would act on a first date: be incredibly polite and present yourself in the best light.

Use Facebook for yourself and your friends, but make sure your privacy settings are set up properly, especially if you’re not going to be careful with what you post. Make sure your website, Linkedin profile and Twitter stream are completely professional and devoid of strong religious or political opinions. A little mystery is good at first. You never know who is looking.

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Life in Publishing

Job Search Tip #1: Create A Blog To Help Your Career

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times: I can’t think of too many industries where having a blog can’t help you land a job. Create a professional website that works not only as an online portfolio for your work, but like a second resume for anyone who wants to learn more about you. Show your expertise and add in a few (read: appropriate) personal details to help recruiters to see if you’re a great fit for their company. Also, being a part of Gen-Y means that companies expect that you’re born tech savvy, so having a blog shows your initiative to learn.

It’s not hard and you don’t need a graphic design degree. Sign up for WordPress.org. It has professional looking templates with a lot more customization options than Blogger, and is still really easy to use. Show your passion and make sure to include the URL somewhere on your resume. If you’re not sure where to start, see what else is out there in your genre, and comment on other people’s posts and industry news.

Happy blogging!

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