Other Useful Tips
How to Be Professional Online
A potential employer can learn about you from your resume or a job interview, but they can also learn a lot about you online. How you present yourself online will send a message about your ability to be professional while on the job.
Create a Professional Email Address. Avoid funny or cute usernames on anything employers could see.
Complete Your LinkedIn Profile. A LinkedIn profile is like your online resume, so make sure it is complete and up to date. Be sure to include a professional photo and any volunteer or internship experience.
Check Your Privacy Settings. Make sure personal social networking accounts stay private. For example, change your settings on Facebook so only trusted friends can see your photos. Remember some photos and information are always public, so don’t post anything you wouldn’t want an employer to see.
Join and Participate in Health-Related Groups. Professional associations, like groups for dental hygienists or medical assistants, often have groups on LinkedIn or Facebook. Become a member of those groups and participate in conversations in order to learn about jobs. You can also join the Health Jobs Start Here Facebook community.
Act Like You’re Talking to an Employer. People who participate in online communities may be the same people in charge of hiring. When sharing information or asking questions, use a formal tone and check for spelling or grammar mistakes.
Show Your Interest in a Job. Share articles or ask questions about health jobs to show your interest in the health field. Or, share why you are excited about your health job after attending a health-related event or completing a volunteer or intern activity.
Avoid Posting Negative or Sensitive Information Online: Don’t vent about your current job, volunteer, or internship position, especially if a potential employer could see. More importantly, never share information about patients: it is confidential by law.