Your Virtual Professional Image

First impressions are long lasting impressions.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But that first impression isn’t always made face-to-face. More and more, the first impression is made in the virtual world – via Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and a myriad of other social networks.

Think, for a moment, how many times you have “googled” a person or company just to get some idea about them – some initial impression about them. Your impression was made within 5 seconds based purely on sight. On sight only, you decided to learn more or move on.

That is exactly what happens when someone views your social media profiles. Potential employers, clients, customers will view your twitter, linkedin, facebook, et al profiles and in 5 seconds (or less), make a decision to contact you or move on. Keeping that in mind, be cognizant of the pictures that your post for your profile picture.

Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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About Bonnie Mahaffey

Bonnie believes that the business casual environment has made it very challenging for women to compete in the corporate arena. "Perception is everything and women, historically, are not perceived as seriously business-minded when they are dressed casually. The mission of Polished Professional Image is to help women choose the most effective business image based on their professional goals and work environments."
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