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You oughta be in pictures - But remember that a head shot should be mostly head (See SueMentors.blogspot.com)

More and more of us are comfortable with an online professional presence that also includes a photo. And digital cameras make it easy now to get a pretty decent head shot to use in the various online professional websites you should be using.Just make sure it’s a good one.Most sites reduce your photo presence so a head shot should be of your head. Don’t worry about showing off your clothing or diplomas or awards behind you or on your desk. They detract from YOU.Make sure the picture is clear and bright. A very dark picture is almost as bad as no picture at all. Don’t crop a head shot from a much larger photo or it will be fuzzy in the cropped view (unless you have a very high-megapixel camera).Update your head shot every few months. In LinkedIn, for example, that gets you listed in the weekly LinkedIn updates and reminds people you are around. This is especially useful if you follow another recommendation I make – to post answers to questions and comment on discussions in the groups y…

We all want professional connections - or do we?

If you have been following this blog, you know I recommend that you establish an online presence and keep it updated, using some specific tools that are helpful for you as a professional.I am seeing more and more people getting on line and finding and using various e-tools that I’ve recommended you use. Online presences are expanding very quickly. Have you noticed?I have been struck by this and thought I’d share an interesting article about LinkedIn and comments on Twitter followers and Facebook friend requests to consider in terms of your professional self. LinkedInI have been surprised over the past several weeks that I have been getting more and more LinkedIn requests to connect with people I have never met or even seem to have a connection with. Of the 5 people I wrote back to last week (asking them to remind me how I knew them or why they wanted to connect) rather than just accepting their linking request, only 1 answered me – and she reminded me that we’d met at a conference 8 m…

Want to start working in international development? Feb. 4th Deadline for GHFP Global Health Internships #USAID #internship

The application deadline for the Global Health Fellows Program’s summer 2011 internships is Friday, February 4, 2011. Openings are with the US Agency for International Development in the Agency’s Washington, DC headquarters and in Kampala, Uganda with USAID Mission partner organizations. These internships are a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of global health. You will work with experienced professionals on health projects of international importance. Technical areas include: HIV/AIDS Infectious diseases (e.g. malaria, avian influenza, TB) Maternal and child health Reproductive health Nutrition Commodities and logistics Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at www.ghfp.net. Applications are due by February 4, 2011. A variety of competitive, paid positions at the graduate level are available. We are interested in people from a broad range of disciplines including: Public health Social work Educat…