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NPR Issues Social Media Reminder to Employees on Election Day

flagWe first read about this NPR reminder on JimRomenesko.com and it’s worth repeating not only for Election Day but for any other day as well.

While many HR policies now include a social media one, it’s a powerful reminder that whatever you tweet or post will look like it’s essentially coming from your news outlet.

The guideline emphasizes: “The first rule of the day is simple. Just as “there’s no cheering in the press box,” it’s not appropriate to cheer (or boo) about election results on social media.” Read more

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Pilot Passes Sobriety Test; Airline Grounds Passenger for Tweeting

airplaneWe’ve heard about employers slapping the wrist on employees for scribing questionable tweets but in a recent case, an airline sent a passenger packing when she tweeted about one of its employees. Namely, the pilot.

According to AOL Jobs, a passenger says she was removed from a JetBlue flight after sending a tweet. Not just any ol’ tweet — it was about a pilot’s sobriety test.

Here’s the deal: Lisa Carter-Knight from Pennsylvania was waiting to board her flight in Philadelphia. During that time, the airline mentioned it was delayed due to a unique set of circumstances. That is, the pilot believed another passenger actually accused him of being drunk. Read more

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

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

Networking Is Key to Being a Successful Freelance Travel Writer

Travel WritingTravel writing as a genre stirs up plenty of emotion in people. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly jealousy. Getting paid to travel the world sounds like a pretty sweet deal, and it is… and isn’t. The reality of life as a freelance travel writer isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be. You’re constantly hustling to find work and it can be stressful at times.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance travel writer discusses the ups and downs of following her passion. One thing’s for sure: networking helped her land work:

Networking continues to be key, as with any profession. I’ve found that travel writers and bloggers are a strong community, and many of us introduce our colleagues to editors we work with if the fit is right. I’ve had the opportunity to write for a large daily newspaper, thanks in large part to a fellow writer I met on a press trip. And don’t forget to use social media for connections. I recently e-introduced myself to a new editor and her publication I’d read about on Twitter and made a few pitches I thought would be a fit — we’re now in conversation about assignments. It’s all about making the right pitch!

To hear more tips on how to cultivate your travel writing career, read: Embarking on My Greatest Adventure: Freelance Travel Writing.

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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

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

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.”

 

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

Online Service Helps You Sort Through Job Vacancies Posted on Twitter

Hashtags got you down? If you’re overwhelmed by looking for a job on Twitter, you’re not alone.

As pointed out by CBS News, Gozaik assists users in making sense of the 50,000+ jobs posted to Twitter on a daily basis. You can search and sort the tweets without having to follow specific companies. The site also lets users enter the location you’re seeing by searching for jobs within a radius.

We decided to give the free service a whirl: By entering the title of journalist for 50 miles within New York, N.Y., five job postings appeared on the screen. Wondering why more jobs didn’t appear, we noticed the fine print:  ”Gozaik contains jobs from selected US employers. Contact us at 855-6GOZAIK or info@gozaik.com to include your jobs.” Read more

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