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Want a Job? Make Sure Your Social Profiles Are In Tip-Top Shape

I recently came across a really great infographic from Mashable on how recruiters are using social networking to screen job candidates. Here’s the most important things I think you should know:

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  • 91% of prospective employers look at social profiles before they choose whether or not to hire you.
  • 69% of those surveyed have not given someone a job based on what they saw online.
  • 68% have given someone a job based on what they saw online.

The bottom line is that employers will look at what you’re doing online before they hire you. You better make sure that what you’re posting reflects positively on who you are as an employee.

Here are some tips to help improve your chances of landing your dream job:

  • Don’t bad-mouth an employer. Ever.
    No matter how much you may hate your job, don’t go blabbing all about it on Facebook, Twitter and your blog. 11% of people surveyed for the infographic said they didn’t hire someone because they were negative towards an employer. If someone in HR of the company you’re applying to sees that, then they’ll think that you’ll do the same to their company. They may also think that you’re a diva or hard to please. Don’t ever say anything bad about your current or past employers online. It kind of makes you look like a whiny baby.
  • Keep the partying private.
    Everyone likes to relax and unwind after a long week. If you’re the type of person who likes to party and drink with friends, don’t put it online (or at least change your privacy settings so only certain people can see them). It reflects poorly on you as an employee. Employers don’t want someone coming into work hungover. They also don’t want someone who puts a priority on drinking and partying, because they may assume that it takes precedence over work to you.
  • Be Honest.
    This may sound lame and common sense, but some people may not be consciously aware of it. By be honest, I mean be yourself. Make sure that who you are in person is reflected by your online personality. If you’re lying about your qualifications, an employer can find out. Also, if you’re extremely outgoing online, and timid and shy in person, an employer is going to be confused as they try to figure out who you actually are.
  • Get Creative.
    Stand out from the crowd. Do something different. 36% of employers surveyed said that they hired someone because their social networking profiles showed creativity. If you show creativity online, then a prospective employer will see you as a creative person and problem solver, which are desirable qualities in an employee.

Of course, none of these are absolutes. And, if you aren’t qualified for the position that you applied for, editing your social profiles won’t save you. Just keep in  mind that social networking is a powerful tool. If you use it properly, you could get a great internship or job.

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Want to Land a Job at Google, Facebook or Apple?

In these tough economic times, it can be difficult to find a job. However, it’s possible to be hired by companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, you just need to know what to do. I love this infographic from Mashable. Enjoy!

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History of Social Media Infographic

Recently, Mashable posted a really awesome infographic on the history of social media, and felt like it needed to be shared. Disclaimer: I love infographics.

Need Some Inspiration? Tips for Blogging

Blogging ReadinessFinding new ideas to blog about on a regular basis can be tough. It’s all about staying aware of new developments in your fields on interest. If you’re blogging for your business, think about what is new in your company that warrants being written about. Here are some tips on how to find blogging ideas, whether personal or for business:

  • Subscribe to RSS Feeds. It’s important to follow relevant blogs that you may be able to get ideas from. If you’re in the technology industry, think about subscribing to TechCrunch, Mashable, Gizmodo and Engadget’s RSS feeds. They can give you the latest news on anything technology related. If there is a certain subject that is being covered by multiple sources, it could be important to talk about and a possible topic.
  • Organize Your RSS Feeds. Google Reader is an amazing tool that every blogger should utilize. You can have all of your RSS feeds in one place. It’s an easy to use interface that is easily organized. You can have all of your public relations blogs in one place, your advertising blogs in another and your technology blogs in another. Also, Google Reader has a great Trends section in which you can see your reading habits and what interests you the most. You can even share blog posts with other Google Reader users.
  • Collaborate, because it’s easier if you have another person working with you. If you don’t have Google Wave yet, then get it. It’s a great tool to share ideas and collaborate with other people. Brainstorming or even writing out an entire blog post with another person is very easy with Google Wave. Right now, the technology is still in its early stages and definitely needs improvement. However, it’s the way of the future.

  • READ THE NEWS. Reading the news is the most important to understanding trends. You don’t need to pay a subscription for a newspaper every day, but at least watch the news or keep up with the news online. The world we live in is shaped by what happens inside and outside our country and local areas. You need to stay connected if you want others to connect with you.

  • Social Networking. Twitter and Facebook are a great way to see trends as they are happening in real time. Twitter has their Trending Topics section where you can see what people are talking about the most in the Twitterverse. On Facebook, read your comments and people’s statuses. A big event could have happened that a lot of people are concerned about.

  • Stay Connected. If you haven’t noticed, the main theme is staying connected. You need to be connected to people, social networks, the news and other blogs. If you can’t notice what is going on beyond your own business or blog, then you won’t be able to come up with any fresh or interesting posts for your audience to enjoy.

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