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LinkedIn Acquires Job Search Start-Up Bright.com for $120 Million

linkedinWe always rely on LinkedIn for building our connections and ramping up recommendations but it looks like they site has big plans to expand their scope. That is, big plans to the tune of a multi-million dollar investment!

Per Tech Times, LinkedIn has acquired Bright.com for $120 million! The start-up relies on technology to show employers and job seekers how they match. It sounds like the goal is for LinkedIn to leverage Bright’s technology to update suggestions for employers who are hiring as well as prompt users to think about potential jobs. Read more

Really?! Women Get Fired Via Facebook Page

fb logoAbout six months ago we brought you the story about a worker getting fired via text message.
Well, we now hear that women in New Zealand were fired on their fast food store’s private Facebook page. What is this world (and in this case, management) coming to? Seriously.
As per AOL Jobs, 20 year-old Taryne Cullen worked for a franchise called Pita Pit for a year. When she returned to work after having knee surgery, Cullen noticed her name was missing from the work roster. Keep in mind the shop had new management by the time she returned. Read more

Pinterest CEO Talks Balancing Work With Parenthood

Pinterest logoIt’s about time! We read a short piece in today’s Wall Street Journal mentioning Ben Silberman, Pinterest Inc. chief, and how he balances a busy work schedule along with being a dad.

This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more

New Report Says Facebook Isn’t Reliable to Judge Potential Stellar Employees

fb logoIf employers want to do their due diligence on potential new hires, they should just scope out your Facebook page, right?

Um, not quite. Per Forbes, rsearchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University and Accenture got 416 college students involved in their study. The students were applying for full-time employment and agreed to participate which meant researchers captured screenshots of their Facebook walls, info pages, photos and interests.

Next, the researchers asked 86 recruiters in attendance at the school’s career fair to review the Facebook pages and judge the job seekers’ personality traits. Oh yeah, they also had to rate how employable the candidates seemed. Keep in mind judgments were based on Facebook alone; resumes and transcripts were not included. A year later researchers followed up with the graduates who had landed jobs. Actually, the researchers asked the grads’ supervisors to review job performance. Although only 34 percent of supervisors from the original job pool got involved, the small number isn’t as significant as the findings.

One of the researchers wrote, “Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance.” Read more

News Anchor Publicly Announces Resignation in ‘#Xmas Jammies’ Video

If you’re among the 12 million YouTube viewers of the hilarious tongue-in-cheek Christmas card video by the Holderness family of Raleigh, you’re not alone. This spoof on traditional holiday cards mentioned that Penn Holderness will resign from his role as local news anchor.

In the video his wife rapped, “The biggest thing is what happens next — as of next month, he’s stepping off the anchor desk. It’s the biggest decision of his life, he’s going to step off the desk and come work with his wife!”

All we can say is bravo for their ingenuity and not-so-shameless plug of their next venture, a video production company called The Green Room.

And on that note, happy holidays to all and to all a good night.

Fired PR Executive Issues Apology Regarding Her Tweet: ‘I Am Ashamed’

new_twitter_logoWe can’t even imagine what was going through Justine Sacco’s head on Friday when she tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

We have no words. Seriously.

The senior director of corporate communications working for Barry Diller’s company, IAC, was promptly dismissed. Per her LinkedIn profile, she was promoted to that position in July. Prior to that, she served as director of corporate communications since September 2011. Read more

Copywriter in Indonesia Dies After Working 30 Consecutive Hours

helpThis story broke our heart.

Mita Diran, a 24 year-old copywriter in Indonesia, passed away on Sunday after clocking 30 consecutive hours in her office.

According to The Epoch Times, she collapsed onto the floor and then slipped into a coma. Adding insult to injury, the employee of Young & Rubicam in Jakarta tweeted regularly about her intense schedule.

Just last month she tweeted, “Home before midnight after three long, exhausting weekends. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.”

Per the piece, one of her father’s employees attributed the death to “too much of overtime working, and too much kratingdaeng attacks her heart.” Read more

How to Unplug for the Holidays

rookiefreelancing1Anyone doing a digital detox for the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. We’re going to try to at least limit our usage somewhat but now that we think about it, we don’t have a concrete action plan.

Lucky for us, the folks at Mashable created one. Incorporating a variety of strategies into their game such as “internet eraser” and “the login liquefier,” there’s one that truly resonated with us.

Yes, the “workaholic’s withdrawal.”  Read more

LinkedIn Outlines Top Overused Buzzwords of 2013

buzzwordsIf you’ve perused several LinkedIn profiles in the same sitting, you may notice a trend. Check that, a responsible trend.

After all, “responsible” is the most overused buzzword on their site according to their recent survey. Looking at their 259 global members, they noticed the word responsible was used twice as often as its number two buzzword, strategic. Read more

Glassdoor Announces Best Places to Work in 2014: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google Land in Top 10

ribbonAs 2013 quickly comes to a close, there’s nothing quite like looking to the future, right?

Glassdoor released its Employees’ Choice Awards by announcing the 50 best places to work in the new year. Considering winners were determined by their own employees, what better way to get the inside scoop than from current workers?

The 18-question survey was sent to U.S. employees and the ranking was determined by looking at the cumulative ratings from the 500,000 employees from last November to this November. Participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with their employer as well as other factors like compensation and benefits and work-life balance. Read more

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