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Create a Professional Online Presence

Does your social media presence reflect who you are as a professional? Build your online presence to boost your employability.

Create a Professional Online Presence

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Create the right impression with employers through your social media presence

How we present ourselves online is becoming increasingly important, both personally and professionally.

This two-week course will help you explore the various elements that make up your professional online presence, and how to build your digital identity without affecting your employability.

With expert guidance, you’ll learn how to present yourself in the most professional light and discover how to make your online presence have the greatest impact for the right reasons.

Discover the online platforms that best suit your career

From Facebook to Instagram and beyond, you’ll explore which online platform suits your needs to build a professional persona.

You’ll also develop an actionable plan to make your online profiles work in your favour.

Learn online reputation management

You’ll consider your privacy and security settings, and understand that distinct types of posts might impact different audiences.

You’ll also examine the ways in which conduct and tone can impact your professional reputation online.

By the end of the course, you’ll understand the importance of your online presence and how it can either help or negatively impact your employability.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Sanne Vliegenthart: Do you like what you see when you search for yourself online? Has an email or photo ever cost you your job? How can your online profile help you in the world of work? This course will help you find out. Create a professional online presence is one of the three courses exploring creating digital content. From understanding how to market yourself online to exploring how social media really can kill your personal brand, you’ll discover how to make your online presence have the greatest impact for the right reasons. From Facebook to Instagram and beyond, explore which online platform is the most suitable for your needs and develop a plan to make your online presence work for you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds This course is part of our suite of professional and digital skills courses from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, covering topics from coding to social media marketing all available for free to help you build your career today. Whether you’re new to the world of work or forging a new career for yourself, we look forward to sharing your journey into the fast moving digital space. Join us online.

What topics will you cover?

  • Explore the concept of online presence for professional purposes
  • Evaluate your online presence for employability
  • Evaluate the most suitable platform for your needs
  • Identify different classes of communication strategies using different platforms and formats
  • Develop and plan for developing and maintaining your own effective online professional presence

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the direct and indirect activities that contribute to online presence
  • Evaluate your online presence
  • Improve your personal professional presence
  • Compare different platforms to analyse their suitability for your needs
  • Classify communications strategies
  • Develop a plan for an effective online presence

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who have some digital skills but would like to build on them. You may be looking to improve your career prospects or you want to boost your confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.

If you want to develop your understanding of this subject further, you may be interested in these courses, from the same provider, that share the same overall learning outcomes:

Who will you learn with?

Digital content/community/ transformation consultant, facilitator and trainer with 23+ years of industry experience.
Also passionate about neurodiversity and ethical business.
Drinks a lot of tea.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.

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