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Three Tips to Research a Future Employer Prior to That Interview

suitWe know the deal. You’re pressed for time with that upcoming job interview. So pressed, in fact, that you barely have time to get your suit dry cleaned and ready to go but aside from rocking out to your appearance, there’s one area you simply shouldn’t overlook: Research.

If you don’t come prepared, it could be game over before it already began. For starters, what media company would want to hire someone who didn’t do their homework? This is your shot to do some digging, really snoop around in the spirit of not only landing the job but seeing any potential red flags sooner rather than later. Read more

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Four Ways to Keep Your Career Authentic and Uniquely You

vision2Have you ever been at work and wondered how you got there? Not in terms of the daily commute but literally how you ended up where you are today? Or how it may not always feel like “you” all of the time and who you are?

This piece on Huffington Post helps clarify things. While its scope is about staying true to yourself, we simply have to apply this to careers. Considering we spend so many hours of the day working, if it’s not reflective of who we are, then who are we truly? Read more

Hardcore Pawn Cast Talks About the Weirdest Things Ever Pawned

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Maybe you have dreams of working on a reality show one day? Hardcore Pawn is the pawn shop show shot in Detroit starring the Gold family.

Father Les and daughter Ashley sat down with mediabistroTV and told us the five weirdest things they’ve seen come across the pawn shop counter.

So next time you need cash and you’re worried the pawn shop won’t give you cash for your dusty basement treasure, just remember these guys bought something called a “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll find out why Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” 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

Four Ways to Assert Your Independence Over Technology

email at signThat is, a digital detox. Who’s with us?

With the July 4th holiday of course comes fireworks, barbecues and thoughts of independence. What better way to declare your independence than break free from the shackles that bind. And by shackles we mean technology.

Yes, we know mobile devices make life easier and oh-so-convenient but they also make it oh-so-possible to work when you’re at the beach, on vacation and in the mode to detach and ultimately recharge.

According to a piece on Entrepreneur, there are a few ways to deplug the next few days.

1. Practice mindfulness. Be aware of the constant distractions. Set aside time on your calendar for a distraction-free zone. No interruptions. You can thank us later.

1. Reset your internal cycle. The piece points out, “A detox allows you to impose a cycle upon your technology use — while it’s constantly available, you can isolate your interaction by cutting it off completely and setting a new schedule once you resume using it.”

3. Reflect on your goals. Be still and evaluate our goals and better yet, how you’re going to accomplish them. What actions are moving you in the direction of your dreams? What achievements have you already surpassed? Take time to celebrate them, too.

4. Change your schedule to change your lifestyle. A detox shouldn’t only be a one-time deal. Sure, you can implement it this weekend but why not make it portable for use down the road?

The piece mentions the detox is a way to boost your lifestyle. “People need to have periods of activity followed by a break when they unplug and reflect. Embrace your design: Stay in rhythm.”

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

Three Ways to Botch a Job Interview

job searchHave you ever tried to wing it during a job interview? How’d that go for you? Not too well, probably.

Well, according to Marc Cosentino, author of Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation, there are a few common blunders people make during job interviews.

Per a piece on Business Insider, he pointed out several ways to avoid being that guy or gal. Read more

Three Ways to Keep Your 2014 Goals On Target

midnightCan you believe it’s almost July 4th weekend? We can’t believe it either! And in turn, that means the middle of the year is swiftly approaching.

As you reflect upon your goals and how you’re achieving them, there are three ways to rock out the next six months.

As pointed out in a piece by Amanda Augustine, TheLadders’ resident career expert, there a few key points to keep in mind… Read more

Study Shows Listing Religion on Resume Yields Less Recruiter Calls

yogaWe had to read this twice, too. Here’s the deal — according to a study published in Social Currents from the Southern Sociological Society, job candidates who listed their religion on their resume are less likely to receive an email from an employer. We have to wonder why candidates are listing their religion on a resume in the first place? If we’ve done one public service announcement of the day, it’s to keep your religion off your CV. And political affiliation, too. And if the yoga photo is any proof, we couldn’t even decide what religion to include visually without offending someone else so we went with something neutral: The religion of yoga. Read more

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