Making your online presence speak for you

Recently I have been asked to become a contributor to the Internet Evolution blog. My first article there, Making Your Online Presence Speak for You discusses how things like forum contributions, an online resume and a personal website (like this one) can have act as an extension of your resume.

In a Web 2.0 era where a prospective employer is more likely to Google your name than to check your references, what is your online presence saying about you?

A surprising number of people still seem to fall into one of two categories when it comes to posting their profiles online: they either indiscriminately post everything about their lives, blissfully ignorant of how it may affect them in the future, or they avoid putting their name on anything online, blissfully ignorant of how an online presence could help them. If you fall into either of these categories it may be time for a change.

Check out the full article on and join in the great discussion on the topic.

Major data leak from!

The Boston Globe reports that a little more than a week ago Symantec Corp. made public a major loss of data from While the stolen information does not include social security numbers or other banking information there is real concern that email addresses from will not only be sold to spammers, but will be used in phishing scams.

Read the full article and followup from the Boston Globe. has decided to notify users of this breach by mail. That’s snail mail. Now, I don’t know about you, but my mailing address on is far from up to date, so I think it’s important that we spread the word online!

Thanks to Joe at JVT Advisors for sending this on to me.

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Some great things to ask when interviewing for a job.

Now that I’ve had a nice break from writing after finishing my book Oracle Shell Scripting (on shelves this summer, stay tuned for details) it’s time to catch up on the backlog of blog topics I’ve been meaning to write about.

Last month Alexander Kjerulf posted this great article on some killer questions to ask in your next job interview. Alexander puts a lot of emphasis on finding out how other’s experience at the company has been. Believe me, if it’s the type of place that is fun and exciting to work at they will be more than happy to tell you all about it!

Asking questions in interviews does more than help you learn about your perspective employer. Asking informed, intelligent questions will show that you are serious about the job and know your field. Ask about the work environment both socially and technically, but don’t hesitate to talk about the office culture, recent corporate milestones and more.

Check out Alexander’s full article for some great interview tips. As Alexander points out asking positive questions will give people a positive impression of you. That alone can be enough to make you stand out from other candidates and get you the job!

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