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What your online presence does for first impressions

What you put out there online says a lot about who you are as a person. Potential employers are searching social and business platforms to learn about you even before they set up your interview. When you’re single and looking, any potential suitors are also looking you up online. Does your online persona match who you really are? Could your online persona be the reason you’re not getting any responses to your profile?

Learn the best way to make great first impressions, online.

We live in a fast-paced age of technology, where swipe left or swipe right is how fast someone judges you. So, exactly how do you make great first impressions online? Standing out in a crowd has become more difficult. You’ve heard the saying; a picture tells a thousand tales. The presence you have online can be the difference of a great first impression, or a bad one.

Remember, someone wanting to learn more about you, the first place they will start looking is your social profiles. Pay attention to the personal persona and message you’re giving others, simply through the pictures you have posted.

The first thing someone new sees of you online, is your picture. If you have an inappropriate picture such as too revealing, you in a speedo, you two -fisting drinks, you in your bathroom mirror with the toilet as your backdrop, chances are they will pass on learning more.

Whether you’re on an online dating site, or social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, the viewer doesn’t know you and is going to make a 2 second judgement about you.

Swipe left, swipe right. You will be accepted or dismissed that fast.

Social media,  online dating, and professional profiles, all tell a story about who you are. Your profiles aren’t being view for social interactions alone. Your employer, your potential employer and others are surfing the net and making a judgement about you, and what you’re putting out to the world.

Do have:

  • Photos that clearly show your face
  • Pictures taken outside or with natural lighting
  • You with a big Smile
  • Lifestyle pictures, you out hiking, travelling, going for a walk or sitting on a bench at the beach
  • You wearing an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks. Your confidence will show through in the picture

Don’t have:

  • Selfies
  • Pictures with other people or your children in them
  • You wearing sunglasses or with shadows on your face
  • Pictures that are too dark
  • Too revealing clothes
  • Pictures in your bathroom mirror or with a pile of dirty dishes or clutter in the background

When someone views your picture, they don’t know your lifestyle, your personality, your values (although they will judge you based on your pictures). Nor can they experience your sense of humour and kind nature, and feel chemistry and connection that happens when people meet.

If your pictures send the wrong message, you never get a chance to show the person who you really are and make great first impressions.

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