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One of the tricks I've heard is to have a very thorough website, and hand out business cards instead of resumes (eg. The resume is on your website anyway). The psychology goes like this: Resume says "I need a job". Business Card + impressive professional website says: "I am someone, and you should come to me." This goes especially for freelancing, ...


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Having a technical blog. My employer read through my blog via the URL I included in my Resume. Heck, I'm pretty sure all of my interviews, the interviewers have read my blog. In my personal opinion, technical blog is THE best way to increase your online present. It shows your continuous learning, it shows your ethics, your thinking, etc... Heck the dude ...


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Linkedin also has a large presence. I also don't think that companies are employing people just because they look reputable online. Most of the poaching and head-hunting is done from interacting with the potential employee (e.g. if that particular person is working at a competing company and they appear to be valuable from meetings or presentations given, ...


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Contribute to open source software and be able to point out in specifics what contributions you were responsible for producing. That is, as long as your contract allows you to contribute to open source materials which are not in direct competition with your current or prospective employers. I can think of several companies who work with open source ...


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LinkedIn is a must-have these days. It's easy to maintain at the basic level (list your jobs, connect with former and present co-workers, and maybe even get a few recommendations), so I don't think there are good excuses not to have it. Twitter is good if your Twitter page shows that you learn and actively look for information relevant to your professional ...


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Another point to consider is what is used for your website and blog. For example, if you claim to be a PHP developer but have a Classic ASP personal site that may come across poorly as some may expect your site to be in your specialty. Similarly for what software is behind your blog and how well connected are you to other blogs and aggregate sites like ...


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LinkedIn has served me well as a way of remember connections. My son pointed me to about.me, I really like it as a one stop shop for most things I'm interested in. Mine can be found at http://about.me/wolfmurphy.


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Sites like Linkedin and Emurse are both good for getting hits on websearches, but that is only the first step to getting a good interview based on your online presence. Basically, it may get an HR person to look at your résumé, but there are many more steps afterwards. Typically, when a résumé hits my desk (after HR and management has looked at it, I often ...



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