Topic 3 Reflection: Keeping it Authentic and Professional

Topic 3 has considerably enhanced my understanding of online authenticity on professional profiles. Additionally, I was introduced to a variety of areas I had not previously considered. For example, Andrei’s comments encouraged me to examine my LinkedIn profile for potential employers. Thus, upon reflection, I have included a presentation on how to build and maintain a good LinkedIn profile.

Figure 1. Presentation of building and maintaining a LinkedIn profile. Self-produced via Google Slides.

My blog focused on how authenticity can be achieved by showing consistency across different social media platforms. In contrast, Carolina’s post initiated the emergence of video résumés. Brad’s post resonated with me as he explored how self-promotion on professional profiles can lead to benefits such as more online connections (backed up with empirical research). However, this raises issues of authenticity, which was followed by a discussion between myself and Brad. Therefore, it is important that individuals make a conscious effort to showcase their skills and personality on their professional profiles. With the right guidance, it is possible people can achieve this.

Like Scott’s post, Andy included tips on how people should maintain their professional profiles. However, this again raises issues of authenticity. Arguably, it is about finding the best ways to differentiate from the crowd, while giving information that adds to one’s professional profile. For example, having a new mindset towards social media will allow individuals to present appropriate and relevant content, which can increase authenticity in the long run.

Following on, I believe I have improved in many areas this week, especially my use of graphics. Taking the feedback from my peers into consideration, I have created two visuals consisting of improvements and the key points I have learned from this topic.


Figure 2. A reflection of my improvements and future improvements. Self-produced via Venngage.


Figure 3. Presentation of key points from topic 3. Self-produced via Canva.

Overall, it is clear that effectively managing online profiles is important. Therefore, one should make sure both their professional and personal profiles positively reflect who they are!

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Andy’s post.

Brad’s post.


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Figure References

Figure 1. Self-produced via Google Slides.

Figure 2. Self-produced via Venngage.

Figure 3. Self-produced via Canva.

Featured image. Self-produced via Adobe Photoshop CS5. Man in suit image retrieved from Flickr.


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