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The Inside Scoop on Working at Twitter

new_twitter_logoIn the spirit of Twitter going public today and having it’s very own hashtag (ahem, #ring), we were curious. What’s it really like to work at the social media company that was spawned in 2006?

According to reviews on Glassdoor, it received 4.5 stars out of 5. With a market value today of $24.5 billion, 90 percent of its employees say they’re confident in their company’s business outlook for the next six months.

Per GeekWire there are 2,300 employees so 89 reviews may not accurately be a big enough sample but a senior site reliability engineer called it, “A very fun and dynamic place.” (And if you have no idea what that job title means, no worries there. We don’t either.) Read more

Executive Recruiter Reveals Insider Tips for Getting Hired on LinkedIn

LinkedIn coverWant to leverage your LinkedIn profile to the fullest?

Meet Elizabeth Garzarelli, executive recruiter, licensed professional counselor and author of the new e-book, How To Get Recruited On Linkedin!

According to Garzarelli, there are countless tips and tricks of the trade from the other side to get your profile recruiter-ready. Please note the excerpt below has been posted with permission of Garzarelli. Read more

Job Seekers, Listen Up! New Site Cleans Up Your Digital Dirt

mistakeHave you ever Googled yourself? Come on, ‘fess up.

We all should do it to see what recruiters find when they search our names. Plus, it’s a way to scan anything questionable and monitor your online presence. Similar to auditing photos on Facebook when you get tagged, it’s always wise to manage your social media sites.

Well, we heard a new site, Persona, can do that for you for free (did we just say, “Free?” Yes, we did!) covering Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Read more

Would You Circumvent Work Policies Banning Personal Tech Devices? Survey Says…

mobile phonesAccording to a Fortune piece, Fortinet released a 20-country survey which revealed that more than half of its 21 – 31 year-old employees would circumvent their company policy banning the use of personal devices at work.

So, if you’re an employer it sounds like asking employees to stay unplugged from their personal devices during the day isn’t exactly a viable option. Apparently 51 percent of participants in the survey mentioned they would break the rules and find a way around the policy! Read more

Newspaper Editor Tweets Resignation

new_twitter_logoWe’ve heard of resignation letters, and of course, the occasional resignation cake and interpretive dance video, but a tweet? This was certainly news to us.

Yesterday Siddhart Varadarajan called it quits via his Twitter handle, @svaradarajan, “With The Hindu’s owners deciding to revert to being a family run and edited newspaper, I am resigning from The Hindu with immediate effect.”

And just like that, the editor resigned. Per a piece we read on Poynter, a family feud was broiling when he was named editor. Back in 2012 he spoke about his plans for The Hindu:

“I see The Hindu as sa paper that commands enormous respect as an authoritative voice for what is happening in India….A paper that gives prominence to social, economic, international political developments. So, the way I see my mandate is really to continue along that path but to go sort of in a way that’s more contemporary, more vibrant, that is more attractive, more interesting to readers.”

 

There’s No Place Like the Office? Facebook Set to Build Cushy Housing Community Near Its Headquarters

fb logoHave you ever had one of those nights? You know, the clock strikes 10 p.m., then 11 and you’re still working on deadline only to secretly wish there was a mattress underneath your desk.

Well, if you work for Facebook you won’t have to go far to commute home. That is, per The Wall Street Journal, the social network announced it’s developing a 394-unit housing complex within walking distance of its Menlo Park, Calif. office.

We hear the apartment building complex nameed Anton Menlo will include a sports bar, doggy day care, on-site cafe, convenience store, bicycle repair shop, resort-inspired pool, spa and cabana area (really?!). Plus, there will be an indoor/outdoor wellness and yoga facility along with a training facility offering personal training. Read more

Disgruntled Employee Resigns by Posting Interpretive Dance Video & Gets Five Million Page Views!

An alum from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism made a splash on the internet  courtesy of her resignation letter. And by letter we mean video.

Marina Shifrin worked for Next Media Animation and resigned by making a dance video to Kanye West’s “Gone” that lasted almost two minutes. Indicating she sacrificed “relationships, time and energy for this job,” she proclaimed, “I QUIT!”

Tired of writing for clicks and disenchanted with the quality of journalism in general thanks to page views, Shifrin wrote on her YouTube page:

“I work for an awesome company that makes news videos. I have put my entire life into this job, but my boss only cares about quantity, how fast we write and how many views each video gets. I believe it’s more important to focus on the quality of the content. When you learn to improve this, the views will come. Here is a little video I made explaining my feelings.”

Check Out Our Webcast: Use Social Media to Find Your Next Job

mb logoTwitter, LinkedIn, Facebook. Google+ and Quora, oh my!

When it comes to using social media, are you really leveraging it to find your next job? We didn’t think so because odds are, we aren’t either.

That’s why we need to check out the upcoming Mediabistro online webcast! Next Wednesday from 4 – 5 p.m. ET, Sloane Barbour will reveal how to maximize your presence on social media to further enhance your career.

Barbour is managing director of Jobspring New York, where he’s recruited top talent for companies ranging from two-person startups to the largest Fortune 500′s in Chicago, Southern California, and now New York City.

Survey Reveals Executives Feel Uncomfortable With Facebook Friend Requests

fb logoThis just in…if you want to friend a colleague on Facebook, think twice.

An OfficeTeam survey reveals more than six in 10 senior managers are uncomfortable when they receive friend requests from their bosses or employees they supervise. Perhaps a more interesting point to note is the awkwardness ranked at 68 and 62 percent, respectively compared to 47 and 48 percent in 2009.

And 49 percent of respondents prefer not to connect at all with colleagues on Facebook. This is up from 41 percent in 2009.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, states in the press release, “People have different comfort levels when it comes to social media, so it’s best not to blanket colleagues with friend requests.” Read more

Are Resumes Becoming Archaic?

When we read this piece on Fast Company, it became food for thought. Although resumes are necessary for systems purposes from a recruiting purposes and having a calling card, are they going the way of the dinosaur at least for the start of the hiring process? Phasing themselves out as recruiters and hiring managers rely more heavily on LinkedIn and Twitter up front?

In the piece, the president of the search division of WinterWyman revealed the resume is “quickly becoming archaic.” Ian Ide continued, “People still like that concise document for purposes of interviews, but the front end is changing pretty quickly.” More and more people are connecting on LinkedIn and landing interviews that way.

In fact, the piece emphasized social media. Imagine captivating recruiters by your interests and online profile instead of being so transparent that you’re looking for a job especially if your current supervisor views your accounts. Read more

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