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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

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

Former BuzzFeed Writer Lands Fox Sitcom Writing Job Based on Witty Tweets

This just in…if you’re particularly cognizant about keeping your social media accounts professional and polished, you’re pretty darn prudent (like we didn’t already know that).

When it comes to social media though you can take it one step further and consider it your online portfolio.

Instead of being overly conscious about having it cost you your job, leverage it to create some buzz and snag a new one. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s just what happened to Jack Moore, co-writer @SeinfeldToday. 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

Thanks to Social Media, New Survey Reveals Employers Discover Reasons Not to Extend Job Offers

By now we all know the importance of cleaning up our social media profiles since it’s not uncommon for recruiters and hiring managers to search but a new survey seconds that notion. In fact, CareerBuilder’s new study shows that a questionable profile can cost job seekers the potential job.

Reflecting an increase from last year’s survey, more than two out of five hiring managers who actively research candidates online indicated they discovered information that caused them not to move forward.

As for the content itself, hiring managers and recruiters found a variety of questionable content such as proof of inappropriate behavior as well as information which contradicted the job seekers’ qualifications for the job. Furthermore, some candidates bad mouthed previous employers and others demonstrated poor communication skills. Read more

Interns at the Weather Channel Work in Twitter-Powered Tornado

As an intern, maybe you fetched your share of coffee for colleagues but this story is quite unusual…

Our friends at AOL Jobs mentioned the Weather Channel interns are involved with a simulated tornado on camera as part of “Tornado Week.” No worries though, the @TornadoWeek Twitter feed indicated, “No interns were harmed in the making of this in office tornado.”

Aspiring employees take turns sitting in an office with electric fans. Get this — as they get more and more tweets, the tornado becomes stronger and stronger. They’re still doing their work at their desks, huddled in hoodies and continue with a business as usual mindset.

Executives Prefer LinkedIn Over Other Social Media Sites

Business executives at the director level and above prefer LinkedIn as their go-to social media site, as Forbes mentioned a recent study conducted by DHR International and Modern Survey.

Although execs revealed they still frequently use Twitter (27%) and Facebook (44%), LinkedIn got top billing. The second tier encompassed blogs, Pinterest and Google+.

A similar study was conducted three years ago and over the years LinkedIn has increased its lead to surpass other Web sites. In addition to the sites logged onto most frequently, the study showed that executives engage in social media only one hour or less per week. And although they’re not avid users, they are daily users.

Executives revealed in the survey they would be engaged more online if they were actively searching for a new career opportunity, if they better understood the benefits and if the items learned were consistently high value.

New Survey Shows Smiling is the Best Way to Make a First Impression

Got smiles?

Good, we knew you did. According to a survey conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, first positive impressions all come down to the power of an attractive smile. So, when it comes to a coveted job interview, candidates should flash those pearly whites to make a positive impression. Read more

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