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Your Online Presentation and Careers

Posted 9/4/2013

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    First, an apology of sorts. If you have been reading these blogs this week, you are aware that I am in Maine. The best available internet connection is via satellite, and it is less than stellar. Anything that ordinarily takes five minutes takes half an hour, and sometimes it does not work at all. Consequently, I am generally putting off the writing until later in the day (so as not to blow lots of time when I might otherwise be outside having fun)  , and I am writing less. Some things just don't seem to be possible to attach or cut and paste or otherwise include.

  Today, I do want to draw your attention to a professional issue that frankly I have never before considered: what you post about your cancer experience online and how that might influence your professional presentation or choices.

  I receive a monthly online bulletin from Cancer and Careers (, and today's lead article referred to this topic. Their summary statement seems to be "Beware", and that is probably good advice. I am going to try now to include a little of their introduction to this subject from their website. If I were home, I would also give you the link to the monthl's bulletin, but, if you are intersted (and working with a beter computer system than I am right now), it is easy enough to link to that from their homepage.

  Collective Diary
Want another way to safely share your work & cancer story?

What you post does make a difference, especially to current and future bosses.
Here, how to shape your image.
You've just finished chemo or recovered from surgery, and you're ready to rejoin the world and the workforce.

So, why not share that by posting on Facebook, tweeting, or otherwise telling the plugged-in world?

Think it through. Before you share, take time to ponder your online image. What you say and do online could thwart your career success--or build on it, says our expert panel. It includes:

•Joanna Fawzy Morales, Director, Cancer Legal Resource Center, a program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
•Julie Jansen, career coach and author of "I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This," a book for those seeking gratifying work.
•Jenny Blake, life coach and author, "Life After College" (
Here, their 7 best tips:

Tip #1. Google Yourself
Who hasn't Googled others? This time, Google yourself with the critical eye of a boss or potential boss.

You might also check other sites, such as, which includes such information as marital status, education, political views and religion. Does a future boss really need to know all that? (You can remove yourself.)

Remember that once you put information ''out there,'' it is often eternal.


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