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Spruce up your online presence

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If customers, co-workers, hiring managers or your boss want to find some dirt on you, a little Google searching and social media digging will give them all they need. Make sure that they don’t find much by scrubbing your social media accounts clean.

Follow these tips:

  • Delete anything remotely offensive. That image you shared two years ago on Twitter depicting women as inferior to men could come back to haunt you, even if it was a joke. Read through your accounts and remove anything that could possibly offend someone.
  • Watch what you say. Whining, ranting and cursing can make you look like a complainer or an angry person. You can share opinions; just be tactful when you do.
  • Share quality content. A selfie in every location, from the bathroom to the Empire State Building, is annoying to your followers. Post only those images and share only those articles that are meaningful or beneficial to your readers.

— Adapted from “Nine Tips to Make a Killer First Impression Online,” Vicky Oliver, The Globe and Mail.

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