From C+C — Whether you want to believe it or not, people are making their perception of you based off your Facebook profile picture where you’re being silly or your scantily clad Twitter avatar. In the world of social media, first impressions are everything. Especially with employers heading straight to Google to do their research on candidates before hiring, you need to be careful what you’re putting on the Web. (When’s the last time you’ve Googled yourself?)

So what does your avatar really say about you? Whether you’re looking for a job, more followers online or want people to take you seriously, here are 5 ways to create a respectable online presence.

Utilize Private Settings

Sure, you had a good time on vacation with your girls, but that shouldn’t be the first thing people see on your profile. Not at all. If you want to share pictures of certain moments in your life with loved ones, take the time out to create a photo album online and share it with them privately. Acquaintances and professional colleagues probably don’t want that coming up in their timeline. And while networks like Twitter and Facebook have private account settings, everything is being recorded thanks to servers. (Did you know that the Library of Congress preserves every single tweet?) Yeah. Watch yourself.

 

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