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  • Francine Blume 2:51 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , mashable, online presence, social networks, Sparked.com   

    How do employers use social media to screen candidates? 

    You would be amazed! Take a look at this infographic from Mashable. Then check the privacy settings on your Facebook.



    You may need to significantly improve your online presence. After you check Facebook, build a solid presence on LinkedIn. The LinkedIn Learning Center is a great way to get information to move forward with your profile. Start with their overview video. We also have a LinkedIn expert at The Career Center, Felicia Parks, who did a series of videos that you might find helpful. If you don’t have a lot of experience or if you need to be able to demonstrate an interest in an issue area, then Sparked.com could be a way to help. And by that, I mean you get a chance to help others and the experience can help you. Sparked.com is a micro-volunteering site where, in the time it takes you to play Angry Birds, you could be helping a nonprofit organization solve a problem, produce a product, and collaborate with others literally across the world. After micro-volunteering, you can post a note to your LinkedIn profile. Learn more about the organization by watching this overview. Don’t forget to regularly Google yourself to see what’s coming up and make sure you know what your online presence is saying about you.

  • Francine Blume 3:14 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: online presence,   

    The Ghost of Social Media Haunting Your Job Search 

    Necessity is the mother of invention and now there’s a new start-up that can help people clean up their social media presence. The recent New York Times article, “Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle,” highlights the typical horror stories of spectres from the past biting job applicants on the tush such is a Craigslist photo or Facebook tag. But the lesson here is not necessarily to spend big bucks to hire a company like this. The lesson is to be prudent in the first place.

    REMINDER: Nothing ever vanishes from the Internet. Photos on the Internet never go away. It may be set to private but people can hack in. And even congressmen have been known to post to the wrong email address. Big brother is not only watching you, he’s already friended you.

    Photo by peasap

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