It Is important to create online professional profiles

Since the coming of Internet era, CV is not adequate now for applying a job. Though a good CV is able to show your information in a format way. However, nowadays, some recruiters not only focus on your ability to work but also care about your personality to consider if you fit the job or not. Thus, having a professional profile online can make a huge different. Because it can demonstrate many aspects about your personality. It may also bring a higher possibility of getting a new job.



As I mentioned in last topic, you never know who is googling you. So it is important to build a professional online profile.


What’s more, according to the Jobtive 2014 Social Recruiting Survey, over 93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. They would like to mainly review candidates’ professional experience, length of professional tenure, specific hard skills and mutual connections. I have written resume before. I was required only use one page to describe myself. It is hard because I only could use simple words and could not show me as a perfectly way. However, social profile is quite different. You can maximizing show your strengths and make recruiters know more about you. It is a place where you can sell your career story, creating a way to advertise yourself as a brand(Maike Hennig, 2015).




There are 73% of recruiters have hired a candidate through social media and LinkedIn is responsible for 79%(Jobtive, 2014). More than 300 million people in over 200 countries are using LinkedIn and it has became one of the most important and valued sites to connect employers and recruiters(Maike Hennig, 2015). LinkedIn provides one of the best platform to promote yourself as a professional. You can share your achievements, details about work experiences and other information to everyone you are connected with include head-hunters and recruiters who might be looking for someone like you. LinkedIn is also a good place that you can easy to find the job what you prefer. Because it could recommend you the job which are match your requires and you can visit company page or connect to them. Also, when you google your name, if you have a LinkedIn account it will rank really well on google. Therefore, it is a good for recruiters to know more about you(Kinley McFadden,2014).

This is a video about How to Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile I would like to share with you.






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Jobtive, 2014, 2014 Social Recruiting Survey


Maike Hennig, 11.06.2015, The Importance of Excellent Professional Profile  In The Digital Era


Kinley McFadden, 30.04.2014, Why Linkedin is So Important for Professionals and Job-seekers

Why LinkedIn is So Important for Professionals and Job-Seekers


Lead Creation, 22.05.2013, B2B Social Media Marketing: How to Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile



UOSM2008 Digital Profile – Self Test

Please indicate on a scale of 1 – 5 (where 1 is no experience, and 5 is very experienced) how you would rate your current level of digital literacy against the following criteria:

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Q1 Why did you choose the module?

I was attacked to the title of module first. Because it is a popular and interesting topic at present. I want to know what will be included in this module.

Q2 What in particular do you want to learn from the module?

The different ideas between real life and the internet life. Considering the meaning of living and working on the web.

Q3 Which degree programme are you studying?

Economics & Finance Year 1.

Q4 Have you studied online before?


Reflection of Topic 2

The online identity issue is not unfamiliar to me. As a “native speaker” of the internet, I also played the different role on the internet for a long time. l use my authentic identity on Facebook since I need to communicate with my real life friend. But when I play online games, I definitely use a nickname to protect my personal information from strangers. But when I know someone on the internet, I would like to know who he really  is, his age and even where he live. It probably sounds contradictory, but I believe that most people just curious about others but tell less about themselves in the same time.

I really like Davina Appiagyei’s post because she supported her point of view with strong logic and clean analysis.And she insistences on her idea which is anonymity is harmful. Unlike her, my post is too balance to talk about advantages and disadvantages of having many online identities. However, I have different point with her, but it is also the reason why we need to read other peers’ posts that we could consider deeper of the topic. Accounting to my post, I think anonymity are not just harmful because it cope with the fear of exposure and overexposure.

From Davina Heer’s post, it made me consider online identity from different perspectives. I also agree with her point ‘that the different social accounts reflect different parts of our personas.’ which I didn’t think about it before. It represent the model how people act online, and I am no except.

The topic of this week made us consider about an essential question:  “Who we are”. From the comment, my peer gave me a deeper discussion: “How we separate ourselves and our identity over different platforms”. It is quite interesting to me since it is an important part of modern society.


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Topic 2: Is It Good or Bad of Having Many online identities

Nowadays, people have already went into digital era. For many people, internet is not just a tool when they need to use anymore. Internet has gradual became a “world”. Aleks Krotoski said the old web, a place where identity could remain separate from real life, is rapidly disappearing from the computer screen. People willing to set up the online identities and live in the internet “world” which connect to their real life. However, unlike in real life, people not only could set up one online identity, but is it good or bad that have many online identities?

Except authenticity identity, anonymity is a kind of online identity which cope with the fear of exposure and overexposure. It protects those people who wonder say what they want but cannot exposure like the speech of Chinese dissidents, Iranian protestors, and corporate whistleblowers. It help people share they are afraid to share when they using their authenticity identity(Jeff Jarvis,2011). Julia Allison believes that we should maintain many identities—one for work, another for school, another for home, another for friends. You never want your parents see you drink whole night’s post. Therefore, having many identities is a good way to manage your online activities. If you just have one online identity, you have to keep your web form professional even you are being person. Because you never know who is googling you(jetsetshow,2010).

But anonymity is not perfect. It is much easier to attack people online, spreading rumors and lies about public figures, sabotaging a politician’s Wikipedia page, or saying stupid stuff in the comments on my blog(Julia Allison). Last mouth, a Chinese actor suicide because severe depression. The reason why he suffered depression is cyber-bullying and he couldn’t afforded it. These anonymities who participated in this cyber-bullying are not liable for what they say but cyber-bullying is really horrible. On the other hand, Aleks Krotoski believes that now people only want interactions that come from an authentic identity.


If you chatted with a Facebook account but you realize this account is fake including photos and personal information, you must be think you are cheated. It is a quitebad feeling. Therefore, in an online world where major players such as Google and Facebook shut down any profiles that appear to not be linked to an offline identity it is clear that whatever we do online is now inherently connected to our real world self. What’s more, Weibo, a Chinese social media which is similar with Twitter begins to carry out real-name system. If people who spread rumors and repeat over 500 times they will be imprisoned 15 days.

Having one or many identities both have their good and bad. I think only we use them in rules and laws, there is not better one.


Aleks Krotoski, Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?

7 Steps To Building Your Online Identity

Jeff Jarvis, 2011

One identity or more?

Julia Allison, One identity or more?

Reflection of Topic 1

It was the first time I heard digital visitors and residents until last week I did topic 1 blog. For me, as a non-native speaker, I have a deep feeling for Prensky’s digital natives and immigrants concept which I mentioned in my blog. I always adapt to environment and everything is brand new for me. I have accent and always translate English to my mother language when I am thinking which is so similar with those people who are called digital immigrants. What’s more, when I understood the meaning of digital visitors and residents I think I am digital resident undoubtedly. And it made me easy to understand the definition and had lots of minds to consider deeper meaning of them.

I learnt a lot from my peers’ blog post as well. Everyone has their interesting points and ways to explain what they understood to digital visitors and residents even the pictures they use are also very creative. from their posts, not only the exchange of points of view, I felt there is a huge gap between my peers and me whatever points, logical thinking or grammar. Especially Arthur’s post, I really enjoyed his post because he gave a special point and use a special way to explain. The picture he used and explanation is so original. He used the picture of spectrum and explained “himself as a near full resident, through extensive use of social media and more mundane uses of the internet”(Arthur’s post).

Overall, I really enjoyed this topic. And although I didn’t do well in this topic, I think I could do better from peers’ comments and posts. Also, many thanks for my peers who commented me which gave me lots of advices. Looking forwards next topic!

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Digital “Residents” and “Visitors”


Internet has been playing an increasingly important role in our day-to-day life. It has brought us a lot of benefits and what interesting is our online identity could be distinguished digital native and digital immigrant which is announced by Marc Prensky on ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’(2001). Prensky distinguishes native and immigrant through generation and thinks our students today are all “native speakers” of the digital language because we born in a digital world and those who were not born into the digital world but have, called digital immigrants. He also thinks the importance of the distinction is digital immigrant always adapt to environment. They have “accent” therefore they always behind the native. Like parents always learn from their children the new language.

But Prensky’ point is too one-side. This much-criticised point has been replaced to “Visitors” and “residents” that gives a better expression to our online identity.


Residents usually make the internet as a part of life. Residents see the web as a place, perhaps like a park or a building in which there are friends whom they can approach and with whom they can share information about their life and work(White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L, 2011). They are people who have an persona online which they regularly maintain. They like sharing their life online, shopping online, search information online but they will also use the web to socialize and to express themselves. they often use the web in all aspects of their lives; professionally, for study and for recreation.(White, D. S, 2008) They regard web as a small world and spend lots of time to contribute their personality in this world.


Visitors usually use the web as a tool. They only use the web at specific time. They unlike residents spend much time on the web. They only want to gain want they want. For example, searching  information or booking tickets. They are sceptical of services that offer them the ability to put their identity online as don’t feel the need to express themselves by participating in online culture in the same manner as a Resident(White, D. S, 2008), therefore, they do not leave any social trace online. However, it doesn’t mean residents are use the internet better than visitors. Visitors might use any single service will be greater than residents.


Prensky, M. (2001) “Digital natives, digital immigrants,” On the Horizon, volume 9, number 5, [Online] Available at:,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf, Last Accessed 10th Oct 2016

White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).,%20Aslib%20Proceedings%202009.pdf

Online education with the University of Oxford. (2011).

Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’.