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Four Ways to Become a Social Media Influencer

fb logoIf you’re active on social media and want to know how to become an influencer, listen up.

According to serial entrepreneur Marc Fischman, there are several key factors to keep in mind. We connected with the CEO and co-founder of Hyperactivate to get the scoop and we figured he knows a thing or two about the topic since his company was named one of the top three social media start-ups last year by Entrepreneur.

1. Become an expert. That’s right, go ahead and master a topic so people trust your opinion! Fischman explains, “The idea here is to embrace your area of expertise so passionately, that your blog or twitter feed goes beyond just reporting news; it actually espouses opinions that you formulate and that people will seek out and evaluate.  Does this represent a commitment on your part? For sure.” Read more

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Should Romance & Work Mix? New App Connects to LinkedIn Accounts

flirt at workIt’s the age-old question. Should you mix romance with the office?

One new app thinks so. According to SmartCompany in Australia, a new application called LinkedUp! sounds a lot like Tinder. Apparently it connects to your contacts on LinkedIn the same way Tinder taps into Facebook. Per the piece, it scans your LinkedIn network for dating prospects. Read more

New Research Study Says Busy Work is Actually Satisfying

cubiclesIf you’ve ever fought against mindless activities which waste time like deleting messages, it may be time to accept them.

That’s because new research says people are actually happiest at work when they’re not working on anything challenging.

Wait, what?

The study was conducted by the University of California-Irvine with Microsoft Research and looked at how employees’ mood and attention spans change after performing activities at the office such as responding to emails or checking Facebook. Read more

Age Discrimination Case Foiled By Daughter’s Facebook Post

moneyYet again, the power of social media proves its weight.

Here’s why: Patrick Snay won an $80,000 age discrimination settlement against his employer, Gulliver Preparatory School, in Florida. After being the private school’s headmaster for years, they declined to renew his contract. Snay sued and won $10,000 in back wages and an additional amount of $80,000 for the settlement.

The only catch? A confidentiality agreement that his daughter, Dana, foiled. That is, she dished to her 1,200 Facebook friends, says AOL 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

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

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

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

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

New Study Indicates Employers Exclude Viable Candidates by Scanning Facebook Profiles

This just in…if employers think scanning Facebook profiles to screen job applicants is a good idea, they may want to reconsider.

According to a new study from North Carolina State University, companies may have a misunderstanding of online behavior and may be eliminating viable job seekers.

Researchers tested 175 participants to examine personality traits employers seek such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and extraversion. Essentially researchers looked at subjects’ Facebook behavior to see which actions were associated with certain personality traits.  Read more

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