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IDEC offers its students advice on how to create your own Professional 2.0 Profile

[26/11/08]

On Wednesday, 19th November IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra held a one-day meeting dedicated to job-hunting which included talks by Josu Sobrino, HR director with the Fundació Puigvert and Albert García Pujadas, a partner with the Nikodemo company and which concluded with a networking session using the speed dating technique. On this occasion four areas were organised : two focusing on training (why do a master's or postgraduate programme and why at IDEC?) and two on relations (professional and personal). The result was an afternoon dedicated to the theory and practice of managing digital identity and networking .

A talk by Josu Sobrino, HR director with the Fundació Puigvert

?We must be pro-active and direct our own futures?, as Josu Sobrino summed up his talk by stating that; ?Those who show most willing will be the ones who find work?. To make the process easier, Sobrino indicated 5 different phases and gave advice on how to go about each of them. Firstly, there is the search for employment. In this first instance, Sobrino distinguishes between official and non-official offers; he recommends looking for information related to the company; reading opinions in forums; or even going to an outplacement company . Secondly, there is the application process.

In this phase you need to be reactive, i.e., to respect established systems,

to adapt your application to the job requirements and be very clear about the possibilities you are offering the company. Afterwards come other phases such as tests, interviews and references. In all these phases it is advisable to be informed about the interviewer and the company, to be employable and also ?To know what we are going to ask of the company?.

A talk by Albert García Pujadas, partner at Nikodemo

If Sobrino talked in general about personal marketing and job hunting, Pujadas focused more on digital identity and summarised his talk in 10 pieces of advice for participants to take home with them. Firstly: ?The digitalisation of our lives is a fact?; therefore he insisted that that everything we do can be registered on the net. For this reason ?personal branding on the Internet exists? and to manage it we need to think how we would like to be summed up in one sentence. Thirdly, take part in blogging , not only to write but also to comment on other people's blogs. In this sense, you also need to have a digital identity on social networks: ?It's important to put together and update a professional profile?, he insisted. And of course, as with blogs, on social networks it's also necessary to invite and share contacts, as they are the ones who are going to look at and assess your updated CV. The six piece of advice from García Pujadas is a list of things not to do: don't lie, don't spend too much time on your digital life and forget about reality, don't send social spam and don't write without first thinking why: once something is posted you can't delete it.

After all these pieces of advice, others followed more in the line of respecting privacy; having a generous, decent attitude; and measuring results. García Pujadas finished with another piece of advice which is also a warning: managing a digital identity requires time and patience.

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