Network: Reputation, YOURS and others

Network: Reputation Exercise

Please answer the following questions in writing.

  1. What does the word “reputation” mean to you? 
  2. Is your reputation important to you? Why?
  3. Do you think it is important to your potential new boss, clients and company?

Answer this question also in writing:

  1. If your reputation is important to you, then why isn’t the reputation of the person you network with (who will hand your paperwork to a potential hiring authority) important also?



  [rep-yuhtey-shuh]  Show IPA


1. the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally;reputea man of good reputation.

2. favorable reputegood name: to ruin one’s reputation by misconduct.

3. favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.: to buildup a reputation.

4. the estimation or name of being, having, having done, etc., something specified: He has the reputationof being a shrewd businessman.

1325–75; Middle English reputacioun  < Latin reputātiōn-  (stem of reputātiō ) computation, consideration,equivalent to reputāt us ) (past participle of reputāre;  see repute) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

rep·u·ta·tion·al, adjective

self-rep·u·ta·tion, noun

1. regard, name. Reputation, character are often confused. Reputation however, is the word which refers to the position one occupies or the standing that one has in the opinion of others, in respect to attainments, integrity, and the like: a fine reputation; a reputation for honesty. Character is the combination of moral and other traits which make one the kind of person one actually is (as contrasted with what others think of one): Honesty is an outstanding trait of his character. 2. fame, distinction, renown, esteem,honor, recognition. 3. See credit.

2. disrepute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

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