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10.10.16
Selfies on LinkedIn and 5 Other Social Media Tips
If you're looking to build a serious career, it's not enough to come to the job interview in a professional outfit. Your social media presence had better look the part too. Rest assured, hiring managers will notice!   In fact, over 90% of recruiters check candidates' social media pages. And two-thirds of them say that what they saw there has affected their hiring decision.   Here's a list of things recruiters most often look for on social media. Audit your own pages and make sure everything on them puts your best professional foot forward.   Profile photo. Ideally, this is a nice headshot taken by a professional photographer. It shows you well dressed and groomed, with a friendly, polite smile, against a plain background. Selfies, or any candid photos, will never give you the same level of competence, and any background scene is distracting.   Other photos. Specifically, NSFW photos, such as your bachelorette trip to Vegas. Take them down or make them private (only...
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5.09.16
Don't Just Copy and Paste: 4 Things to Put on LinkedIn But Not Your Resume
LinkedIn.com is a great way to get your name and skills in front of a wide audience and build your professional network. On the other hand, your resume should be tailored to a specific audience — the company you're applying with — in order to clearly show why you are the best candidate for that job. Here's what to edit out:   1. Irrelevant experience. Your high school burger slinging job is of no interest to a hiring manager who's looking for computer programmers. Get rid of it and use that space to elaborate on previous jobs, skills and accomplishments the recruiter really needs to know about.   2. Personal information. Your age (birth date), marital status, ethnicity, etc. should not be a factor in the hiring decision, so should not be on your resume. Exceptions to this rule, such as good physical condition needed for a job as a scuba diver, will be noted in the job requirements. Also leave out personal interests and hobbies, unless your experience with them somehow...
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12.21.15
Creating the Perfect Profile Picture
As we've mentioned before, almost all hiring managers now check a job candidate's social media pages before making an offer, sometimes even before asking for an interview. Do you want their first look at you to be: (A) you in your teeny tiny tank top partying the night away, or (B) you dressed and posed like the highly paid professional you hope to become?   We suggest that you invest a bit of time and money in getting a classic profile photo you can be proud of, and use for years to come. If it gets employers to take you seriously when they didn't before, it could pay for itself many times over.   Here are a few tips for the perfect profile picture:   No selfies. Bite the bullet and shell out for a professional quality portrait. Even a cheap passport/ID photographer has better lighting and camera equipment — and the knowledge to use them — than you do.   No wing men/women. This is one of the most frequent problems with your average Facebook profile photo. Having...
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8.10.15
5 Tips for Using Facebook to Get Hired
Sure, Facebook is where you share what happened on last night’s night on the town and photos of your new kitten. But Facebook can also be a great tool for finding job opportunities and landing an offer.   Control who sees what.   Up to 80% of recruiters now check applicants’ Facebook pages before making a hiring decision. Do you really want them to see those selfies of your trip to Vegas, or that rant about what an idiot your current boss is?   Instead of making all your posts public, target them to specific groups of friends. To do this, click the “Public” box, select “More options,” then “Custom.” Now you can fill in which groups will and won’t see your post.   Your groups are listed under the “FRIENDS” header in the left sidebar (close friends, acquaintances, etc.). Click the header and you can create a new group; call it Professional, or something similar. Now go to your list of friends, click the drop-down menu next to each name, and assign that person to one of...
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1.22.15
Is Your Online Presence Sabotaging Your Job Search?
Fact: 78% of recruiters “Google” candidates and 63% check them out on social media sites. Previously on our blog we’ve covered many ways you can make the Internet work to your advantage when you’re looking for a job. Today we’re going to discuss how it can be a big disadvantage if you don’t control your online identity.   Step one: Google yourself and see what hiring managers will see. If there’s anything that portrays you as less than an ideal employee, do what you can to remove it.   Negative posts about your current job. No matter how justified you are in hating your job, your boss and/or your co-workers, save your gripes for your diary, or a private conversation with your best friend. Don’t put them out there on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc., for anybody and everybody to see. Or, if you really must vent your feelings online, change your account settings to private.   Embarrassing photos. The party was great fun, but do you really want potential employers...
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