How to Be Smart, Savvy and Social

As social media becomes an increasingly integrative part of our personal lives, the need to align our online presence with our professional life is becoming more of a necessity than a preference. The need to be politically correct in posts could make or break a career.

When traversing this world of social media, we urge you to consider a few key rules to guide you in creating a perfectly polished social presence.

  • Choose a profile picture that reflects your professional personality. Don’t be afraid to be creative as long as the image is something that you could put on your desk in your office.
  • Shy away from political posts. While you certainly have a right to voice your political views, you never want to offend anyone. You could turn away a potential client or career opportunity simply based on a poorly worded statement.
  • Don’t over post. Limit your updates to no more than once or twice a day. You should appear to be busy with your career, not social media.
  • Keep it light. Only post casual or informative material. Never post about relationships (business or personal).

Use this short guide to help you evaluate the strength of your professional social media presence. Remember that nothing is really private so tread light and always be conscious of who might read your posts! 

Thank You Notes: Snail Mail Vs. E-mail

Technology makes it easy for us to make instant plans, see what our friends are doing, spy on exes and share exactly how we feel about something in particular. But when is comes to having to say thank you, what’s right and what’s rude?
Do personalize each note with the recipients name and gift (if you received one).
Don’t blow it off even if you think you waited too long. For big events, such as a wedding or Sweet 16, aim for a maximum of three months. Also, consider including a picture of the guest(s) of honor.
Do send cards via snail mail. Whether after a job interview, for a birthday gift, a baby or wedding shower, handwritten notes have a sentimental value and the recipient feels loved and admired.
Don’t assume you have to buy expensive stationary. Keep a pack of blank yet stylish cards on hand that can be used for any occasion. Shop after the winter and summer holidays to score big discounts.
Do feel free to send a thank you note via e-mail for non-formal gatherings you organized such as an after work happy hour or cookie swap. Consider using Paperless Post to send a simple “thanks for coming, can’t wait to do it again!” message.

When in doubt, get out that paper and pen to relay your gratitude!


We stumbled across this today in the  (yes, we are international, Guv-nuh) Blonde bombshell Angela Clarke is a London based author and magazine contributor who upset the Twitter Gods. Before we share her story, here’s how she bills herself on a just reinstated Twitter page. “Described by Now mag as a glizty outsider, I like to think of myself as a Holden Caulfield covered in body glitter. Author of Confessions of a Fashionista.”  We like her style. And that she cares about manners. So what happened? Read on.

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