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Survey Shows How Social Media Packs a Punch in Hiring

new_twitter_logoIf you’re scanning your Twitter and Facebook profiles right now to see if anything is potentially harmful, you’re making the right move.

That’s because a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder discovered 51 percent of employers who have researched job candidates actually found content that caused them to not hire the candidate. This is up from last year’s findings of 43 percent and from 2012′s results of 34 percent. Read more

Five Ways to Intentionally Goof Off

sneakerDid you read that right? Yes, you did!

By goofing off we mean ways to actually boost productivity. Instead of staring blankly at your computer screen with a looming deadline, it’s actually more productive to take a stroll around the block, brush your teeth or talk to a colleague and then return to the task at hand.

According to a piece on Forbes, goofing off (when done in moderation) is actually good for you. Here are some of their pointers… Read more

A Social Strategy Could Help You Land a Job

Social-Media-Article1Although most people use social media to keep friends and family updated on the minutia of their daily lives, it can also be an invaluable tool if you’re looking for a job.

After doing your research on the company you’d like to work for (what platforms they’re on, what they share, etc.), create a social media strategy to help make you marketable to potential employers:

Your strategy can be as sophisticated as something based on a classic marketing model or as simple as a plan to send a certain number of industry-relevant tweets a week. What you’ll need is a clear idea of which platforms you are going to use, how you’ll use them and what you want to achieve. Set goals, too, from taking part in discussions and starting conversations with relevant people or organizations, to getting interviews.

For more advice, including social tools that can help your job-seeking quest, read: How to Use Social Media to Get a Job.

Four Ways to Leverage Your Google+ Profile to Land a New Job

G+ logoAh, social media. Sure, we’re all on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, but how about leaning on Google+ to self-promote and land your next job?

According to a piece on Brazen Careerist, there are several ways to create a solid Google+ profile in order to get your name out there. Consider this: Google+ is the second larges social network out there. Considering it has over 500 million members, it’s an untapped market if your profile isn’t ramped up. Plus, keep in mind that Google+ feeds Google, as pointed out in the piece. Where do most employers search for passive candidates? You guessed it: Google.

1. Complete the entire profile page. Susan Joyce writes in the piece, “Connect to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter account, blog, employer’s website or even your favorite posts on Brazen.” Read more

Colleges Offer Photo Shoots; Students Can Discard the LinkedIn Selfie

selfieHave you ever seen a colleague upload a new LinkedIn profile photo and said to yourself, “A selfie? Really?!”

What you really wanted to tell them how unprofessional it looked but alas, you held your breath instead.

Well, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, schools like Lawrence University are offering professional headshots to their students for free. Here’s the thing — per the social media site, profiles with photos are 11 times more likely to be viewed than profiles without pictures. Read more

Three Ways to Create a Memorable LinkedIn Headline

linkedinIf you want to stand out among a sea of other similar professionals on LinkedIn, listen up. This post on Top Dog Social Media outlines several click worthy ideas.

1. Identify what you offer and what makes you stellar. Here’s an example from the piece: “Personally generated over three million in client revenue helping clients reach their marketing goals in the past 18 months.”

Ask yourself if someone perusing your profile is able to quickly identify what you offer? Do a search on LinkedIn using keywords to see how you stack up against your competition. Feel free to tweak your headline to see if there’s a spike in the number of hits your profile gets. 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

New Research Says Playing on Smartphones at Work is Beneficial to You & Employer

simply hired mobileIf you’ve ever squeezed in a tweet here or there during your day job, you’re not alone.

And according to new research, you’re making excellent strides since it’s apparently a boon to business.

According to BusinessNewsDaily, two members of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology say it’s actually not necessarily a bad idea for employees to play on their smartphones during the day. Read more

New Survey Reveals Majority of Workers Succumb to Cyber Monday Shopping (at Work)

cyber mondayAh, we know the drill.

You’re at work. A click here, a click there, a click everywhere. After all, it’s Cyber Monday and there are steals and deals to be had!

As per a new CareerBuilder survey (via AOL Jobs), 54 percent of employees expect to spend some time today shopping online for the holidays. This is an increase compared to 49 percent from 2012.

We’re not going to get preachy here to say you should wait until lunchtime or a break before you hop online but we will say to watch the clock so a lot of your day isn’t eaten up by online purchases. Your wallet will thank you and also your boss. One out of five workers will apparently spend between one and three hours browsing for deals during the holiday season and 10 percent will spend more than three hours. Read more

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

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