I can't believe you wrote that in an email

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

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Don't put anything in writing that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times.


"I can't believe you wrote that in an email." [TWEET]

It's bad enough when your friend or colleague tells you that. 

But what happens when your email is tweeted, passed around online, and ridiculed by some of the nastier people you've never met? 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Social Media, Workplace

What to do if a company asks for your Facebook password in a job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

08:00 AM

How to respond when faced with "Shoulder Surfing" during a job interview.

By Joshua Waldman 

imageImagine you’ve been on the job market for about six months. You are paying your mortgage on your credit cards at this point. Your unemployment benefits are about to run out and your job prospects remain dismal, no matter what you seem to do.

Finally, you land a killer opportunity, pass the phone screen and show up to an interview with a hiring manager. Just as you think you’re about to close the deal, she spins her computer screen around and asks you to login to your Facebook account.

What do you do?

Topics: Interview, Social Media

"Facebook turned me down..." and you'll never believe what happened next...

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

This man got his lucky break after rejection, and you can too.

We've all been there -- the job rejection that really stung, as with this tweet from Brian Acton in August of 2009...

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Social Media, Motivation and Inspiration

Social media boot camp: Job search edition

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:30 AM

Leverage social media to advance your career and kick your job search up a notch.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneJobvite’s most recent social recruiting survey found that 94 percent of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts and 93 percent will look at a candidate’s social media presence.

Translation: All professionals should incorporate social media into their job-search and career advancement strategy. Here are a few of my favorite articles that explain how to effectively use the most popular social networks to both protect and promote your online brand.

Get back to social media basics

If you still think a tweet only comes from a bird, then this article is a must-read. Click on the following link to get a basic understanding of the ‘Big Four’ social networks: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

Safeguarding your personal brand for the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:01 PM

Learn how to protect the privacy of your personal, social accounts. [TWEET]


Just when you thought your online brand was safe!

Facebook recently announced it removed a privacy feature allowing users to control whether their name populated in search results. While Facebook says the change will only affect a small percentage of its 1 billion global users, it could mean new risks for the personal brands of millions. In the wake of this change, reflect on the state of your social accounts and safeguard your professional brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

7 apps to increase career and job-search success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:18 PM

Leverage these seven apps to advance your career. [TWEET]


In today’s digital society, there’s an app to help you manage practically every aspect of your life, from your finances to your weight. Your professional life is no different. Whether you want to work more efficiently with a virtual team or job hunt on-the-go, there’s an app for that. Below are some of my favorite mobile apps that will help you be a more successful job seeker and productive, career-driven professional.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development, Social Media

Strengthen your search with social media

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:27 PM

Take a page from your kids' playbook and leverage social media for your job search. [TWEET]


Father's Day is just around the corner. It’s a time to honor the father figures in your life and thank them for their support and guidance over the years. It’s also a popular time to share fatherly advice and life lessons.

There’s much you can learn from your parents; however, don’t overlook the lessons your children can provide, especially when it comes to the job search. In today’s digital society, if you’re not incorporating social media into your job-search strategy, you could unknowingly hurt your chances of landing that dream job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

Social media dos & don’ts for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

07:15 AM

Don't let your social media habits derail your job search.

TheLadders Social Media Advice for Recent Grads

In last week’s article I offered tips to improve your resume. This week the focus is on cleaning up your online presence and building the right professional brand.  When I coach seasoned professionals, I often have to encourage them to explore the world of social media and build a professional online presence. However, if you’re a recent college graduate, it’s pretty safe to assume you’ve had a social media presence since you entered high school, if not earlier.

This works in your favor because you’re already familiar with social media and should feel comfortable incorporating it into your job-search strategy. However, this comfort also comes at a price. Chances are you’ve built up a long, online history that’s publicly visible and not necessarily appropriate for the professional world.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Social Media

Video chat recap: Spring clean your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:10 PM

A follow-up on some of the most popular questions asked during our spreecast on cleaning up your job search.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to the spreecast on spring cleaning your job search. Click on the following link to view this spreecast and check out the hashtag #AmandaLIVE on Twitter for additional tips.

Before I dig into some of the topics we discussed, I’d like to share a few stats on a job seeker’s online presence.  According to a Jobvite social recruiting survey: 

  • 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ social network profiles, whether or not the candidate provided that information
  • 70% turned down a candidate based on something they saw on their social media profiles
  • 85% said a positive social media presence has influenced the hiring decision

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

Why Social Media Does Not Work as Well as Job Boards

Posted by Paige Tintle

03:12 PM

When LinkedIn made a push a few months ago to take over the job boards and the recruitment industry, as the CEO of an executive search firm, I confess I was intimidated. However, while at first it seemed to many people that social media was the new online job board; the shine wore off quicker than some of us had feared.  

Not everybody on social media is looking for a job, but everybody is "looking for a job."  While nearly every LinkedIn profile suggests that the individual is open to career change, very few of the people behind those profiles are serious about it.  Therefore, for any hiring manager or recruiter, it takes a significant amount of time to simply find someone who is serious about moving jobs rather than just willing to speak about the position to gain further information.  

Many of these individuals don't seem to have resumes put together either, therefore to present them to clients means either giving a "snapshot" of the individual or waiting weeks for the potential candidate to finish the resume (if they do).  The job boards have resumes there and available, which (most of the time) translates to the job seeker being interested in making a move.

Topics: Social Media