I can't believe you wrote that in an email

Posted by Marc Cenedella

December 15, 2014 @ 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.

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"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

July 31, 2014 @ 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

February 24, 2014 @ 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

January 20, 2014 @ 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

7 apps to increase career and job-search success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 17, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Leverage these seven apps to advance your career.

Mobile_PhoneIn 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.

HopStop

Nothing’s worse than arriving late to an important meeting or interview. If you’re navigating a new city or trying to get across town during rush hour, arm yourself with HopStop.  This free app provides travelers with door-to-door transit, walking, biking and taxi directions in more than 300 cities worldwide. Additionally, it will help you find the nearest subway

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development, Social Media, Job Search Process

Strengthen your search with social media

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 11, 2013 @ 09:27 PM

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

TheLadders Social Media Advice for Professionals

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

June 11, 2013 @ 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

Why Social Media Does Not Work as Well as Job Boards

Posted by Paige Tintle

January 31, 2013 @ 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

Get back to social media basics

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 26, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Incorporate social media into your job-search strategy to find the right job, faster. Week 5 of New Year, New You.

Social_Media_OnlineI want to thank all of you who’ve tuned in each week as we’ve counted down to a New Year, New You. Hopefully these assignments have helped you refresh your job-search strategy with the digital recruiter in mind. 

In the past four weeks we’ve worked to update your image, craft a professional resume, manage your search on the go, and overhaul your online brand. This fifth and final assignment is designed to help you take your job search to the next level. This week, we’re getting back to social media basics.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Social Media

Secrets to Job Hunting through Social Media

Posted by Lisa Odierno

July 31, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

You reject friend requests on Facebook, you think tweeting is for the birds and Pinterest? What is Pinterest anyway? If you’re not on board with the latest social media trends, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon since more and more companies are using social networks as a key recruitment tool. Here are some tips on how to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ to your advantage in your job search.socialmediajob resized 600

LinkedIn: Recruiters hire candidates through LinkedIn 40% of the time. So, if you’re not on LinkedIn, you should be.

  • Complete Your Profile: LinkedIn users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to get hits. Update your profile with recent work information and write a catchy summary that focuses on your experience, career goals and interests.

Topics: Social Media