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Professional Online Image Chapman Law School Laurie Rowen and Erin Giglia Co-owners/founders - Montage Legal Group, LLC
Why is a Professional Online Image Important? Initial Job Search – Law firms will definitely Google you, so a professional online image is step 1 in the job search process. Online image can break your job search! Career Success - A professional online image can help you switch jobs or obtain clients, whether through referrals from lawyers or directly from businesses. Social media is used for networking, and your online image is the only thing people see. Potential employers and potential clients may currently be friends or connections with you, so start being professional TODAY.
Social Media Options LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Google+ Blogging New options will continue to arise
Social Media – General Advice Remain professional – professional photo, professional updates, and professional comments on other peoples social media content. The same rules apply to Twitter. Limit content - Dont put anything up you that dont want a prospective employer, client or contact to see. Spend an appropriate amount of time on the appropriate social media pages (i.e. increase LinkedIn time and decrease Facebook time) Social media is especially useful for shy people, who are able to appear confident and personable over social media
What is a Personal Brand? Your Personal Brand is the powerful, clear, positive idea that comes to mind whenever other people think of you. Its what you stand forthe values, abilities and actions that others associate with you. Its a professional alter ego designed for the purpose of influencing how others perceive you, and turning that perception into opportunity. Who are you? What do you do? How are you different or special?
Creating Your Personal Brand Brainstorm with friends. What are your strengths? Emphasize them. Show, dont just tell. What is your specific specialty? There are thousands of lawyers, so what makes you unique? Personal branding takes time. Every case you have, article you write, presentation you give will all contribute to your brand. Be strategic.
Refining Your Personal Brand What is your goal? Make sure your online image matches where you want to be. Controversial topics – politics, religion. Be mindful of alienating your audience. How personal is too personal? Your call! Be aware of the consequences.
Your Online Photo LinkedIn – Your LinkedIn photo must be professional, and always in a suit or similar business attire. Make the photo look like its professional, even if your friend is taking the photo. Get a headshot. Facebook – While interviewing or searching for a job, even your Facebook photo should be professional, but less so than your LinkedIn photo. Photos that you posted, or where you are tagged, can be fun but untag yourself in inappropriate photos. Twitter – If you have a twitter account, the photo should match your LinkedIn photo.
Using Social Media Properly Humor has a time and place! Would you hire this guy?
Facebook Dos and Donts Do - Share the successes of both your friends and some business contacts Do – Be mindful of your online image. What are you trying to portray? Be consistent across mediums. Dont – Complain - about anything - ever. Dont – Over-share numerous personal details (how potty training is going, how many illnesses have befallen your house, what you just ate). Dont – Share any details at all about your past or current clients or cases, or about your interviews.
Linked In – What It Is, and Is Not What is Linkedin? A social/business network; can be used as a contact management system. Gives people the ability to find you and your resume, use it as a tool to find others, and manage your own contacts (assuming they are on Linkedin). A place to share and read business/professional information and articles. What Linkedin Is Not. Linkedin is not a replacement for networking in person or for real relationships Its not a fool-proof way to organize all contacts. A place to have social conversations
Linked In Advice Have a complete, accurate, and up-to-date profile, including areas of expertise, articles published, presentations, honors/awards. Create vanity profile: i.e. www.linkedin.com/in/eringiglia Post updates, share your contacts accomplishments – they may return the favor. Decide whether to be an open or closed networker; for open, connect w/ super connectors to increase 2 nd and 3 rd degree connections Dont use automatic request Id like to add you to my professional…. #1 Tip: Add connections in Linked Contacts and a Relationship Tab will appear….PLEASE USE IT! http://contacts.linkedin.com/
New Linkedin Contacts Automatically knows the date you connected Records how you met Take private notes USE IT!
How to Use Linked Groups Linkedin Groups allow you to have connections that you never would have met, and allows you to send InMail to these people. Join all Alumni Groups (high school, college, law school, etc.) Join local bar association groups, industry groups, or create your own When you post an update in the group, it will automatically send a message to everyone in the group Dont be annoying with too many post, dont beg for a job, and dont complain Post articles to start discussions
What is Twitter? Facebook is for friends and family, Linked-in is for business contacts, and Twitter is for the general public, i.e. people you know and dont know Terms: Following, tweeting, retweeting (i.e. sharing) @ symbol and # symbol If you have limited time, focus on Linked-in v. twitter Should you even have a Twitter account while you are in law school? Primary use during job search: Use it to retweet articles, ideas, and blog posts of various law firms and lawyers, giving them publicity
Social Media - Ethical Issues for Lawyers Read and Understand Bar Rules All of the same rules of professional conduct that apply to lawyers apply to lawyers online – Duties of candor, to maintain client confidences, competence; advertising and soliciting rules; improper contact with parties; ex parte communications, etc. Trouble arises because communications are easy, instant, and often informal or spur of the moment. Online behavior is often permanent!
Advertising and Solicitation California Rule of Professional Conduct 1-400 – Communications may not: (1) contain any untrue statement, (2) present anything false, deceptive, confusing, deceptive, misleading to the public, (3) omit facts necessary to prevent misleading the public, (4) fail to clearly indicate the communication is a solicitation, (5) be transmitted in any manner which involves intrusion, coercion, duress, compulsion, intimidation, threats, or vexatious or harassing conduct, (6) state certified specialist unless they hold a current certificate. A member shall retain for two years a copy of any communication made by written or electronic media. Upon written request, the member shall make any such copy or recording available to the State Bar, and, if requested, shall provide to the State Bar evidence to support any factual or objective claim contained in the communication.
Common Mistakes Made Online Complaining online Sharing too much information Posting too much Posting inappropriate information or photos Exaggerating or flat-out lying in self-descriptions Poor grammar and misspelling words
What to Do After Your Set Up Your Professional Online Image Use LinkedIn to follow up with people you meet online or in person Continue to follow up with connections periodically using social media Follow and write for legal blogs Set calendar reminders to follow up, and then follow up MORE!
Following Up – Three Easy Steps #1 Send contact an email (same night/next morning…at least within 18-24 hours) Where you met, or if online, who connected you Something personal you remember about them or your conversation Remind them you are a law student looking for opportunities Possibly attach your resume #2 Connect on LinkedIn Use notes section/relationships tabs so you can remember when and where you met them later #3 Follow up: How can YOU help them? What do they want? REFERRALS: Refer them cases in their specialty PUBLICITY: Share their articles or blog content on your social media PERSONAL: Offer to help with their charity, listen v. speak to learn more about them
Social Media – How to Benefit from Blogs Subscribe to law firm blogs…you might learn a lot! Lawyers spend a lot of time blogging, and love when people read their posts. Let lawyers know you are reading them by: Liking or commenting on post on Facebook Commenting directly on their blog Emailing them that you like their blog post Sharing their blog post Offer to write a guest post for their blog Lawyers are busy and most would love for a law student to prepare a guest post for their blog on almost any legal topic. Offer, and follow through.
Social Media is Here to Stay Social media is not a trend. Invest the time to learn about all types since it can only benefit you in the future. Like business Facebook pages, and continue to like their content. Share their articles on your own social media pages Congratulate contacts when they switch jobs or their Linked-in status changes TAKE AWAY: Your online image matters from Day 1, never stop refining it